Date Published: June 3, 2014
Dates Read: 12/30/14 to 12/31/14
Rating: 2.5 stars
Synopsis: The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
My Thoughts: I feel like I went into this with expectations that just weren’t entirely met. I feel like we could have done with some back story or at least a little more explanation as to what caused the world to be the way it is in the book. This book was a fast read for me. I feel like things in the story kept happening really fast and there was never any explanation as to why something was happening or what made them get to where they are and then there was the insta-love between our main character Sia and Mace. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t mind Mace as a character but I feel like the story wouldn’t have been missing anything if there wasn’t a “love interest” thrown in as well. Even when things are at a head towards the end of the book we still don’t get the explanation I was looking for. Overall, this book was just okay. I didn’t think it was anything special.