Hands down this is a great read. I was going to say the best YA book I’ve ever read (which it is) but then I realized that pigeon holing like that did it an injustice. Yes all the main characters are teen-age high school students but I personally think the author did such a great job in storytelling and character development that any age will enjoy (remember I’m over 50). Normally I find that even in a good YA story as a full-grown adult I have to do a lot of sighing and counting to 10 (sometimes higher) and reminding myself that the characters are teenagers so of course I find their emotional angst and behavior to be exasperating. I didn’t have to do that ONCE in this novel. Which isn’t to say there aren’t characters I didn’t want to smack, there are (and what good book doesn’t have characters that work your nerve?) Unlike a lot of other YA authors Aria Michaels did not write a novel that is just a non-G rated fairy tale about finding true love at the age of 17. Yes she had a love story/romance element but it was not the driving force of her story. She did not claim to have a story and then simply write a grown up harlequin romance with teenagers. She has a well-developed plot that not only held my interest it made me lose myself in the plot.
Aria Michaels says the genre of this book is dystopia, thanks to that seriously over-rated series that is now an even more over-rate successful movie chain I was worried that I wouldn’t care for it. Obviously I worried for naught. She did a great job of creating a world set in the dystopia genre that as a reader I could completely believe might come to pass. If you have a YA it allows for great societal discussions over the dinner table.
I think I can sum up how please I am with this read by saying that normally I purchase my Amazon books from the 99 cents list, this time I paid 4.99 and think it was worth every penny and then some. My only complaint is I want to read the sequel and it isn’t released yet.