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At age seventeen, people receive their career assignments chosen for them by a government body. Forced to work at the Waste Management Plant because she was declared too ...
At age seventeen, people receive their career assignments chosen for them by a government body. Forced to work at the Waste Management Plant because she was declared too individualistic, Dana finds herself surrounded by death and brutality. Knowing her days are numbered, she looks for a way to leave the plant before she, too, becomes one of its causalities.
It is then she meets a man named George and soon finds herself caught up in a cat and mouse game between the resistance and the Dystopian government. Dana finds herself faced with an agonizing choice of whom she will betray and whom she will save: her friend George, her parents, or herself.
Posted August 7, 2014
Lately, I’ve been drinking in dystopian novels, so I jumped at the chance to read Dystopia. Almost immediately I realized this particular book was going to be a let-down.
The author’s writing lacks polish. Neither the characters nor the storyline drew me in due to poor grammar and word choice, glaring inconsistencies, and an overall absence of any type of development.
For example, initially Dana’s sister was taken five years ago, but a few pages later that same sister had been diagnosed with cancer only three years prior. Maybe that’s a small thing, but I think authors should be able to keep the details of his or her own novel straight.
In another instance, an officer killed one of the other characters and Dana’s reaction was “Jerk!” That’s not a reaction I imagine many people having in a situation such as that.
Needless to say, I found myself completely uninterested in the characters or the story’s outcome.
***A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
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Posted August 6, 2014
Fast Moving, Quick Read!
The president and council of Dystopia dictate jobs, ration food and control all aspects of life. 17 year old Dana is the rebel teenager who questions authority and finds there are consequences to her actions. She is soon to discover how unjust their government is.
This is a short story written for the young adult audience and adults alike. Personally parts of the story lack flow and were a little choppy, the end a little abrupt, though the overall story was well put together. It did lack in visualization of the characters, though your imagination could compensate. This is a short story, which would explain the lack of depth. It was a fast read, moving at all times.
I did enjoy the book overall and wish to read the sequel.
Dystopia was given to me for my honest review of the book.
Posted July 28, 2014
I love dystopian fiction, so I was excited to read the aptly-titled "Dystopia". Unfortunately, I was disappointed from chapter one. Dana's story of life in a dystopian American society is promising, but poor grammar, weak writing, and lack of description do the book a great injustice.
The characters have vague descriptions, if any at all; I finished the book in a weekend with no mental image of the main character except for her long, dark hair.
The book reads like a fifth-grade story: this happened, then this happened, then this happened. The language is very simple and somewhat boring.
Events are unclear and disjointed throughout the novel. It took half a chapter for the author to state what kind of wound one character received; one moment he was running and the next he was inexplicably bleeding. Upon arrival at "The Plant", everyone is stripped of their clothes and given a jumpsuit, yet midway through the book Dana is putting on street clothes, despite an evident need for them, a place to buy them, or mention of them being issued to her. When a group of people attempts to escape with alarms blaring around them, conveniently enough, the exit door is unguarded. These are only three examples; I could fill a page with just the inconsistencies I noticed throughout the book.
The heroine - if you can call her such - has no special skills, intelligence, or mental abilities, apart from a mild defiance of the government, which is certainly not severe enough to explain the events of the book. Throughout the book, other characters are murdered for speaking out, yet when she commits the same "crime", she goes relatively unpunished. The authority figures seem to randomly choose her for their mission, and upon its completion praise her for doing something that they "never could have achieved". How about sending undercover officers to do the job?
As a whole, the book did nothing for me aside from making me want to shove it back at the author with a list of things to correct before continuing to charge people to buy it. Unless you just don't care about how a story is written, don't bother spending your money on it. I won't be buying the rest of the series.
A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.