Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space. (via Goodreads)
My Initial Review:
This is just going to be a quick shot of some of my initial thoughts of the book, because it won’t be released until May 2011. I was planning on writing a full review and just not posting it for a few months…but this isn’t the kind of book you can read and just set aside. At least – it wasn’t for me! So, I won’t be going into any details about the plot…I just want to rave about it and convince you all to pick it up as soon as you can! You better believe I’ll be buying a copy as soon as it is released!
I opened this book on my computer via NetGalley (so if you don’t want to wait until May 2011, go sign up!)expecting a pretty quick read. I haven’t read any dystopian fiction for several weeks, and was looking forward to giving this a shot. Fast forward about three and a half hours…and I’m finished with the book and left crazy for more. Seriously, I would probably promise Katie Kacvinsky my firstborn for a look at the next book (assuming she is writing one, please-oh-please tell me she is).
It is beautifully written, the chemistry between the characters gave me chills, and I was crazy impressed with her dystopian world-building skills.
Engaging plot, dynamic characters, and a future that manages to be both compelling and believable enough to make you wonder. You don’t want to pass this one by – books like this are the reason we all love to read.