Pity isn't an option when you're trying to survive
In her YA debut, Jessica Brooks has written a novel in a realistic dystopian setting that captivates and explores how people live on when faced with difficult situations.
I deserve to be treated like a human. I'm still a person who wants to do things and has dreams and potential and believes that carrying out what you want to do in life can be possible.
That is it.
Jonas is a boy with a rare blood disease that is struggling to be normal and doesn't want to be seen for the condition that he has but for what he is. Hattie is a girl who is coping with a life filled with a bleak future, looking out for her younger sister Lucy and trying to make things work at home. The two have been friends for as long as they could remember - but a)will it develop into something more? and b)how will their bond cope when faced with a challenge neither of them expected?
Sometimes it's not what you see that is important. It's what you feel
I loved how the author incorporated such meaningful quotes throughout the novel that gave the characters depth and the capacity to resonate with the audience. The fact that the book was written with alternating points of view from both Jonas' and Hattie's also made it interesting to see their different perspectives on how they felt about each other and the fact that their lives were getting to much more unstable. Although there wasn't a great deal of world-building and what was given was quite vague, the character development certainly made up for this slight flaw. This novel had something that some dystopian novels lack: FEELING - and that counts for a lot in my eyes. The ending was a cliffhanger for sure and makes you realize the lengths some people will go to in order for them to protect those they care for.
In all, this was a pretty impressive novel that I would definitely recommend to readers who have a taste for dystopian-esque plots that have depth and character. I am definitely hoping for the sequel to this one - as Jessica Brooks has definitely left us hanging!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)