Author: Elana Johnson
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 6/7/2011
My rating: 5/10
Vi knows the Rule: Girls don't walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn...and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi's future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they're set on convincing Vi to become one of them...starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can't leave Zenn in the Thinkers' hands, but she's wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous--everything Zenn's not. Vi can't quite trust Jag and can't quite resist him, but she also can't give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
This is a hard one to review mainly because it was one of those books that just don’t agree with me and I find hard to really get into for no distinguishable reason.
I did like quite a lot of aspects of the book. I loved the snarky main character who doesn’t take no for an answer and works for what she wants. I loved the tone she used when presenting the story. It had a sort of sarcastic sense of humour which is what I really love.
So it wasn’t really the characters that I didn’t like. It wasn’t the story line itself either. It was a nice idea; a world with advanced technology that essentially rules everybody’s lives and a life filled with rules that are just made to be broken.
I just think that the story didn’t flow very well and it sort of stopped and started again like an old car trying to start. It started very well to the point of me thinking that this could potentially turn out to be an amazing story, but then it just ran out of steam. It was really disappointing when everything started to become predictable and clichéd at points.
Also, in parts of the story a relationship between two of the characters started to develop. That’s fine and all but not when it just comes out of nowhere. I felt that the characters falling in love just happened with no development in between or any sort of beginning to the relationship. It just turned straight into the ‘I love you’ phase….that’s not realistic, not at all, so I was extremely put off. The story just didn’t develop enough for me. It’s a shame really.
About the author:
(I just have to mention how much I looooove Elana’s hair!!)
My debut novel, POSSESSION, will be published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster) on 6/7/11.