My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In one word, this book is CONTRADICTORY.
If there was a championship for putting your foot in your mouth, Feuds would win it, closely followed by politicians and grannies with agendas.
There isn’t a story. There’s a romance and that’s it. One would expect at least a believable, character developing relationship, but don’t expect that either. Only expect kisses, lots of them. There are a couple of plot twists at the end, but nothing ground breaking. You won’t even yawn. There are problems lying everywhere you look, as I’ll explain shortly. The only bright spot is the non-evil stepmother.
This is a major joke. The author seems to have given the minimum possible thought to the background. After 50 pages or so, we get one afterthought of a paragraph on the history, which is essence: ICE CAPS MELT. AMERICA NOT AMERICA. THE END.
The defining premise of the novel, that of genetic engineering separating humans into the superior Priors and the lowly Gens (or Imps, the derogatory term), is also sketchy.
“Kensington had pioneered in-utero optimization: Mozart and Brahms piped directly into the womb. math lessons, linguistics practice. He had engineered superior humans.”
Ok, you create humans with better grammar, fine. But that doesn’t explain why you need sanitisation checkpoints at the monorail (and everywhere else), especially when Davis states that Priors can’t catch AIDS, malaria and other diseases. It forms a major part of her anxiety that she might catch something from an Imp.
Likewise, the technology is a lazy attempt at futuristic. I can’t tell any difference between today and this fictional world. Despite Davis having flat screens for bedroom walls, people still use printed photos, physical wallets and neon signs. As for the DirecTalk thingies (they’re phones disguised as accessories), that got busted too: http://techforever.co.uk/mobile-devic…
Finally, other than the segregation of us normal folks and the designer baby Priors, we don’t know what effect this has on other things. Did crime rates go down? Did the population decrease? Has the failing economy improved because of them?
The Hypocritical Heroine:
Davis is a juvenile, inconsistent protagonist. One moment she’s feeling bad for a Gen girl being groped by guards, the next she’s seething with rage against Gens for “killing her mother”.
One moment she thinks she should report Cole to the authorities and her dad to save his electoral campaign, the next she thinks it will devastate her dad’s career.
One moment she runs away screaming from Cole because he’s cage fighting, the next she’s thinking how purposeful he looked.
One moment she thinks about her outfit worries as trivial, the next she puts on lipgloss to seem presentable.
She has no awareness whatsoever. She doesn’t know when there’s a city wide strike, repeatedly goes out at night alone even after almost dying in a stampede and doesn’t find it suspicious at all when Cole doesn’t know who her father is. Despite the fact that everyone else, including Gens, can identify Davis on sight and her BFF warns her away from him, Davis continues to run after Cole.
And the most disturbing part is her lack of boundaries.
Davis meets Cole at a party hosted by her BFF, Vera. She doesn’t know this guy from Adam. He’s slaps some cheesy line on her and promptly puts his hand on her back (and she’s wearing backless.) Instead of reacting like this:
She does this:
This random guy then offers her a drink. Davis doesn’t refuse, because drugs, why would he use them? DAMMIT, WHY ARE YOUR SPIDEY SENSES NOT ON HIGH ALERT?
This Davis then says that she doesn’t sleep with anyone because she feels like she’d lose something with her virginity. Yeah right. Slut-shaming at it’s hypocritical best.
The Life-sized Cutout that is the Hero:
Cole is incredibly boring. He has no personality whatsoever. He starts off wanting to protect his family but decides to ditch them for love, twoo luv. Then he decides to lie to this true love about his motives in order to keep her around. He completely throws his arthritic mother overboard for his true love.
True love excuses nothing buddy. Especially your lack of general knowledge. How can you not know who’s running for mayor, especially when the fate of Gens and Priors lies on it?
He occasionally takes sensible decisions, like reading legal documents before signing them, but his selfishness outweighs everything.
VERDICT: This book is…
…in every way. Boring story and characters, lifeless language and hopeless logic. Not recommended.
*All quotes taken from an ARC provided by Netgalley. Thanks to the publishers for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.*