Title: Dissidence Author: Jamie Canosa Genre: Young adult, Dystopian, Fiction Format: ARC for review
Synopsis (provided by author) In dystopian America, si...moreTitle: Dissidence Author: Jamie Canosa Genre: Young adult, Dystopian, Fiction Format: ARC for review
Synopsis (provided by author) In dystopian America, sixteen year old Kaleigh finds out quickly what having a big mouth and not enough brains to keep it shut can earn you. A one-way ticket to the work camps that no one even knows exists.
Nuclear war has ravished the nation, and a century later, the survivors are living in an entirely new world. In a society where everything is decided for you, from where you work to who you marry, dissidence is not taken lightly.
But, even inside the camps, Kaleigh’s fiery spirit refuses to be extinguished. In a single moment of defiance, she manages to spark a riot that ignites into a full-blown rebellion.
With growing numbers counting on her, not just for their freedom, but for their very lives, two different boys vying for her heart, and trouble brewing from within the camp itself, can Kaleigh find a way to step up and become the leader everyone is counting on her to be, or will even the most carefully laid plans come crashing down around her?
My Review (provided by me!) Many thanks to the author for providing an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Let me start out by saying that I really love the title of this book. For some reason I am more drawn to books with one word titles – especially when that one word is strong and makes a statement. Dissidence is the kind of word that rolls right through my mind leaving a path of intrigue in its wake. Not only that the word fits the book and the story perfectly. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I settled in to read this book, I knew it was a dystopian so I somewhat knew what to expect but really, with a dystopian genre it seems that the possibilities are endless. I really enjoyed this book. As a reader I was thoroughly engaged in the story. There wasn’t any part that I was reading that I got bored or wondered when the action would come. The plot moved along quickly and there wasn’t much that dragged out. I really appreciated this because a lot of books spend a lot of time on the build-up, which is good, but can get tiresome. Sometimes I was surprised at how fast the story moved but it never felt too fast because I was too busy enjoying the new developments. I really enjoy the main character, Kayleigh, she equal parts stubborn and strong. She doesn’t usually think about what she is doing until after she has done it and I admire that quality. On the other side she does show some naivety and vulnerability and that is what makes her real. I think a lot of people will identify with her because deep down we all have insecurities. Kaleigh is definitely a strong female character that women and girls everywhere will be able to admire. Now onto the boys…. Yes, plural. There are two hotties in this book, Connor and Peter. Each of them have a solid place in this book. The only thing I can say about the boys is that usually when there is a love triangle of some kind I usually sway toward one more than the other… not so in this story. They both have awesome qualities, they both are really likable and as I was reading I would have been happy with whoever she ended up with. It is because of this I didn’t groan when the love triangle popped up. Most people know I am not a big fan of a love triangle, only because I don’t like when its drug out forever and then someone gets hurt. I am NOT going to give any spoilers (read the book people!) but I will say that this love triangle isn’t drug out and you actually know who she is going to choose by the end of the book. As for the plot, it moved along, I thought it was pretty tight and it was well executed. The ending will leave readers banging their e-reader for just one more page. Seriously, this is probably one of the most nail biting endings I have ever read. It will leave you wanting the next book and wanting it now. In conclusion, I think that Jamie Canosa is a debut author to watch. Dissidence is a fast paced, engaging read that will leave you gasping for more long after the final page. If you love young adult dystopian I think you will enjoy this read. My advice is to buy it, read it, and love it. So there you have it. My opinion.