This book was awful. I won't say the writing was terrible, it was good enough, but it wasn't enough to redeem the absolutely illogical and boring prog...moreThis book was awful. I won't say the writing was terrible, it was good enough, but it wasn't enough to redeem the absolutely illogical and boring progression of this book. Other people have stated in their reviews how this book had terrible world building, and I absolutely agree. Take Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi for example. Fantastic world building with absolutely realistic possibilities you can get lost in. The beautiful thing about dystopia is that you are able to see it get from World A (Our world today) to World Z (The world in the book) and you can see the progression of the worlds between t hose points. Wither was nothing like that. The book gave you a ridiculous premise that I kept hoping would be better explained, but wasn't. There's absolutely no way AT ALL that the entire population of the world, or the USA, would go for genetic alteration. Unless it was government mandated it would never happen, and even then the country is HUGE so you would inevitably get some back-water individuals who escaped the alteration. It's absolutely irrational to expect that an entire nation would, all at once, have genetic engineering done on their children within a 20 year period.
Combine that with the shallow characters and you get a very boring, irrational book. Because yes, dystopia does need some rationale. Take Rhine - despite being the main character you know almost nothing about her! You don't know her favorite color or food or place in Manhattan or memory with Rowan. Jenna you know was a prostitute with sisters who were taken and killed in the van (how many sisters?) and Cecily who must be heartless to not care about the girls who died in the van after she was chosen and who you know came from an orphanage and that's about it. What!? Worse yet, you learn even less about their personalities despite seeing them interact for almost a year! Rhine is not dynamic. She has no emotional changes or worldview revelations. She comes in one way and exits exactly the same.
I had high hopes for this book and I kept waiting for something good and interesting and with some kind of explanation to happen, but it never did. Awful. (less)