Publisher: Corgi Children's Books/Random House Children's Publishing
Publication Date: April 25th 2013
Number Of Pages: 431
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult (YA), Romance, Thriller, Action, Fantasy.
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished Copy
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
I was really excited to receive this book to review, one of the main reasons being that i love 'dystopian' type books, the other because it was set in England, well the Independent Republic of Britain should i say; and i was excited to read a book that was not set in America. (!!).
To be honest the blurb did not draw me in so much, purely because it sounded like a 'been there-done that' type of book and at the beginning, Jenna reminded me a little of Caleana Sardothien (Throne of Glass), with her being in a prison (which i would have liked to have read more about, just because i was interested to see how things worked there) and being 'intimidating' and able to fend for herself. But as i got into the book i was drawn into it and the whole 'just one more chapter' to 'just five more' to 'oh i may as well finish it' began to happen. (yep - you relate to that?..yeah..book worms tend to have that type of mindset..;))
The book was eerily 'true' and kind of set me on edge a little? It's only set around 100 years from now so, pretty close really, and easily portrays how Britain could turn into a 'nanny state', which the government overpowering and controlling people's lives.
One thing I was not entirely happy about was the love interest. Yep - here I go again! It just didn't seem necessary to be honest...and like many of the books i've previously read, i think *everyone* needs to realize that a love interest is not needed to make the book interesting.
I loved Jenna as the main protagonist. And although she changes identity twice - we can always still feel her 'real' personalty eking out of her thought and actions. She was very relatable and sympathetic and i really thought i would love this book - and don't get me wrong i still do, but there were some things that i consistently questioned which i did't like. I felt like the author should answer anything and everything to make the book more accurate and less of a disappointment. However A slight 'peeve' i had with the whole face changing business was that i constantly wondered why just Jenna? If the government has the power to change people's identities/remove people's memories why don't they just do it to everyone and have done with it? that way they can effectively control them by changing them into people who agree with the government. And why didn't they just kill Jenna? Instead of taking the time to 'alter' her? That way they could just have been rid of her.
And one thing i didn't really believe was the 'amount' of brain-washing that had happened. It is hinted a couple of times that England is the only place that has such a tyrannical government and elsewhere - things are less oppressive. The internet is 'the stuff of dreams'. A thing that is spoken of with awe and written on 'the impossible to achieve' list and that kids don't recognize books. Yes, they have 'Komms' which they carry around with them that are like mini-laptops/e-readers that they can read ''e-fics'' on but when they break into a library they don't understand/recognize what books are. Do you buy that? How can books have suddenly disappeared out of existence when it's only 2113 and the government has been in power for only 50 years...
The ending came as a surprise to me though. Although i thought that the ending was 'too easy' for Jenna, it should have been harder for her to get the whole 'happy' ending i wasn't expecting the twist at the end to do with her identity which made me want to read the next book even though i had some slight problems with this one.
Acid was a fast-paced, action packed book with a potential romance that although i had some slight misgivings about at the beginning, and found a few things in the book that i did not fully understand, still had me hooked.
*thank you to Random House for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.