Pity Isn't An Option

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Seventeen year-old Jonas' blood disorder has taken away everything that matters. Sixteen year-old Hattie's father has gone and lost his marbles. But when Jonas' perfectly healthy twin brother and Hattie's crazy dad are drafted into the President's army, Hattie's dad disappears. Jonas and Hattie embark on a journey to find him, and find something they'd lost long ago in the process. More

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About Jessica L. Brooks

Jessica L. Brooks is a lover of books, coffee, and all things owl-dorable. She writes young adult books about near-future dystopia (Pity Isn't An Option, Cozenage #1, available now) and magical realism (the Flora series, If I Speak True, Flora #1 & By Sun and Candlelight, Flora #1.5 available now), and loves to serve virtual cookies.

Connect with Jessica on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story, Tumblr, or anywhere else on the interwebs by doing a search for her username: coffeelvnmom.

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Joana Vieira reviewed on Aug. 31, 2013

One of the things I liked the most about this book were the main characters! They were beautifully written, they sounded real and were very likeable! The secondary characters were also very unique and they all had distinguishable traits and interesting back stories.

I also think that the world was very believable and so was the way people reacted to the government.

In my opinion the story moves really slow and only in the last quarter of the book something really exciting happens! The rest of the book shows more the daily life of the people and their struggles (especially the main characters) so when Heath disappears after he was drafted, Jonas and Hattie come up with a plan that was quite entertaining and I found myself rooting for them to be successful!

The ending isn't very happy but even though it is a bit of an open ending it leaves you with a sense of closure. I would still love to read a sequel and perhaps get to know the characters even more.

All in all, I think this is a great contribution to the dystopian genre. The world and the characters are very well thought out but the pace can be extremely slow in the beginning.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
genie01 reviewed on June 6, 2013

4.5 stars

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)

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