Publication: November 1st 2015 By: Little A
Genres: Young-Adult, Dystopia
e-ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
In a world at war, four youths try to determine what’s really worth fighting for.
For more than twenty years, the Homeland has been immersed in a brutal, unwinnable war. Young men are drafted and sent to fight in a faraway jungle. Those who come back are scarred in body and mind. Lance, two weeks shy of turning eighteen, has watched his older brothers leave and his mother fall apart when they fail to return. He’s never imagined a different future for himself—until he meets an idealistic young woman named Lorrie and impulsively flees town with her.
In Western City North, on the edge of the Homeland, Lance and Lorrie move into the same building as Benny and Joe, two friends up for induction. Along with Alan, a young runaway, they frantically evade Registry agents intent on tracking down draft dodgers. With induction day looming and paranoia rampant, the only way for any of them to stay free is to uncover the truth about their uncertain world—and the forces seeking to control it. Jonah C. Sirott’s breathtaking debut is about hope, survival, and the challenge of pushing past the limits our world draws around us.
I can’t even tell you what this book is about, other than it’s dystopian. Usually, I will try to pull through, but after trying and trying to get into the story, I finally gave up. It’s slow and boring. I’m one for finding out what happened to the world and who is dictating the people. No such interest this time. This is one of those books that’s just not for me. From the description, it sounds interesting but not unique. There are always rebels that try to undo the situations forced upon society.
I can get behind that idea, as I love this genre. Nothing jumped out from the first page, and the one after that, and so on. There’s a blushing boy who likes a girl and they get through checkpoints undetected. There’s a situation with the car they’re traveling in. I don’t know what happened after that. Don’t take my word for it because it may be the best book that you’ve ever read. Just not my thing. I may revisit it on down the road, but until then I’ll stop here. No rating, since I didn’t finish it. Like I said, it may get better as the story progresses.