Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Year Published: 2014
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I received a digital copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler free review.
I was really drawn to this book just by the synopsis. Given, it is another dystopian novel about a teenage girl who suddenly falls in love with this teenage guy and they can’t be together for societal reasons…but I liked it. Almost like Romeo and Juliet, except the other people around them are getting sick and dying instead of them. However, I did have a few issues with some of the characters, and in particular their relationships with one another.
First and foremost, Davis and Cole barely know each other. Yet they fall madly in love so quickly that it’s almost scary. They do describe their physical attraction to one another quite often…but I don’t believe that just physical attraction means that you should be together forever. Everyone gets physically attracted to different people all the time. It just didn’t seem realistic.
Also, many of the side characters such as Davis’ step-mom and sister needed to be developed more. I feel like the author tried to create more background for the each of them, but that’s all it ever was. Background. I didn’t sense much emotion or attachment between Davis and them.
The theme of corruption was done pretty well, as the author highlights certain things like the workers going on strikes and the emptiness of the streets without them. It really showed how prominent segregation can be in the world.
In the end, I liked the whole story line. A few things need to be developed further and dived deeper into, but I believe the story suffices as a decent read for YA readers.