Veronica Roth does dystopian like no other, we get these complex, character driven stories with well detailed worlds that are slowly revealed to us as the characters deal with their day to day struggles.
Sonya is a political prisoner. As a young girl, she was a supporter of and poster girl for the now fallen government, one that rewarded people financially for behavior they deemed appropriate and punished those who were not. Using implants that are now forbidden, people were tracked, monetized and weaponized. Sonya lives in squalor in a prison camp when she is offered a chance to be freed. All she needs to do is find a girl who had been displaced by the previous regime. Saddled with an overseer who she knows from the past, she must figure out what happened to the girl and how to live in this new world.
We get a lot with this short novel. There is commentary on socialized government, a treatise on right and wrong and a story of survival, strength, forgiveness and acceptance. I loved the layers of detail in the world building and the science of the implants. Sonya is your typical YA character too plucky for her own good and bound to make some large realizations about the world that will change her forever. What I like about Roth is there is no extraneous text, every word drives the story forward and every question is answered. and not always in the way you expect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐
Thank you to William Morrow for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own. This one releases October 18th so add it to your TBR and get it pre-ordered now!
What’s your favorite dystopian read?