This is the first of the three book series. The prequel, book #0.5, takes place before this book and is out now for free! The box set is also out now!
In dystopian Manhattan, society is divided into six zones, with each one representing a citizen’s benefit to society: Stalwart (strength), Astute (intelligence), Collusive (greed), Radiant (beauty), Quixotic (no life direction), and the Altruistic (willingness to help others). On a citizen’s sixteenth birthday, a computer suggests a new zone for them based on their inherent benefit to society. When Kalenna Slater is sorted out of her home zone Quixotic and into Altruistic, she thinks things can’t get worse. Life looks dismal until she meets Gavin, a boy also just sorted into Altruistic who becomes the light needed on her cloudy days.
During sorting she receives a device known as ‘The Band’. It’s a large watch-like device that never comes off, and it measures a citizen’s karma on a scale from one to one hundred. If a citizen does good, they gain points. If a citizen does bad, including breaking laws, they lose points. When your number reaches zero, the band acts as judge, jury, and executioner, and you are injected with toxins that kill you within minutes.
After sorting, recruits are taken to a three month long mandatory school named HQ. It’s at HQ she meets new friends from different zones, and finally begins to feel at ease. Everything goes well until a rare trip home makes her discover that her father, who has been missing for a decade, may have taken part in a terrible program that stands to shake the fabric of society.
This is the first book of three, with the prequel and epilogue novellas out now! This dystopian series has suspense, action and adventure, and romance that will be sure to leave you smiling!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This haunts of Hunger Games and Divergent but yet is different as others have said in their reviews. I don't rehash story lines in my reviews but I do tell you if it is worth reading. This is worth reading with a MAJOR caveat, first the story is good and the characters are compelling even in the small world that has been created but the ending on this book sucks! I don't like cliff hangers but from other reviewers I knew this was a cliff hanger and I still took the plunge into the story. If I could say one thing to the author it would be this...you must learn to bring to a satisfying close your first in the series enough so that we are intrigued to finish the series and not put off with such an abrupt end. Endings that lead you to want to continue are an art in writing and some writers just don't pay close enough to there ends.
I liked this book - some parts of it, like the different groupings kids were sorted into, reminded me of the "Hunger Games". It basically told what happened after the newly turned 16 year olds were sorted, and taken to their first three months of training at "HQ". The main character, Kalenna, knows that her family is in possession of a mysterious "box", which they keep hidden under the floorboards of their home. On the day he was taken away by guards, when she was 10, Kalenna's father told her mother to hide it, and never tell anyone outside the family about it.
Even at the beginning of the book, Kalenna is distrustful of the "government", and her distrust only heightens while she attends classes at HQ. She and her newly made friends learn a bit more as the story progresses, but not as much as the reader might wish.
I understand that this book is only Part I, but I felt like the story ended in a strange place. Usually in books like these, there is some sort of...
Okay, ill begin with: yes the plot is similar to divergent and yes the story has somewhat of the same flow but, it is also in a sense its own dystopian story. I liked that this novel had its own essence even though at first when I read the reviews I was iffy because I do not like to read novels that copy or plagiarize other novels and some of the reviews made this novel seem that way. The reason I gave this a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star rating was because there were certain aspects of the main character that would piss me off, for example, her hot bloodedness when the situation would have called for a cool, level headed response. At times I felt as if her character was very childish and a far cry from other personality traits that were shown of her throughout the novel. In one scene she would react calm and collected and in another scene she would be a spoiled brat in a sense. Overall I am still debating on wether or not to get the second book of this trilogy although I did...
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