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It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Hodder Children's
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Faye, la Patata
There are books that are bad, and there are books that are head-splitting bad. Unfortunately, I'd categorize Riot under the latter, as I got a huge clusterfuck of a migraine from reading this... this thing.

You see, I'm one of those people who believe not everything is black and white, even governments. In fact, I'd dare say they're the shadiest of the shadies. And why not? They govern the land and the people, they manage the country's funds, they are our representatives in international affairs,
Ash Wednesday
.025 STAR
We are the people!
We are the image of the future.
We are the first drops of a flood.
We are the lightning on the horizon.
We are the sound of the coming storm.
We are the wolves at your door.

Well there’s hating a book and there’s hating THIS book. It’s quite strange, this dumbfounded feeling after reading something that I found so terrible. I’m usually left speechless when I’m graced by something so good that conveying how much I love it is a pain. Riot is certainly a pain to remember,
Anna Banana
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review at Smudged

I received a free copy of this book on netgalley in return for an honest review and quotes taken from this uncorrected version, subject to change in the final edition.

The year is 2018, England is overpopulated and the government has decided that mandatory sterilization of the unemployed and uneducated is the answer. The story opens to the scene of the first male citizen being "snipped." And, honestly, I have never heard or read about a man's balls in such a non-sexual, intimate
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it

If you're my friend on Goodreads you are likely to have noticed that I don't give two star ratings lightly (Edited to note that I've since changed it to one star because dear lord). If a book is good enough to keep me engaged 'til the end and isn't actively offensive, my soft heart tends to go for three stars regardless of if I actually truly LIKED it. I also have never reviewed a book here before, but I feel like this book won't let me rest until I explain why it pissed m
Rating:1.5 Stars

My current status: Has pounding headache. Aaaaaah.


The main thing I remembered while reading this book is the headache that always accompanied it while I read. It was that bad. I kinda even wanted to stop reading it because it really made my head ache (Literally!) The only reason why I’m giving it a 1.5 rating is because the plot of the book was actually good. Too bad everything else is bad.

The plot was great. It had the very dystopian feel. I cou
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review)

Actual rating - 1.5

Riot started out okay, but it quickly got boring.

When books have a part where the main characters go on the run, they can get quite boring.
There's usually some action that saves it, though.

There was some action in Riot, but unfortunately, it didn't save it, and i was still bored.
It felt a lot longer than what it was because of that, and by the halfway point, i was wishing that the end would come.

Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, though I can’t completely disagree with a lot of the negative reviews this book has received, I did actually enjoy it. The premise, this dystopian near future where the working class are demonised and forcible sterilised was a believably bleak vision of things to come.

Agreed, the choice of narrator was questionable and overuse of unconvincing language (“flipping”) was jarring. The story itself, however, remained dramatic and I found I couldn’t put this book down.

I was quite annoyed
Stuti Rai
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This book raises several interesting questions, and more than that, makes you think of several situations that could easily be. What happens when the government stops being responsive? How does a peaceful congregation turn into headlining terrorists? et cetra...

Albeit Riot doesn't do the best job of defining, or answering all that, it was a fast-paced and interesting read, and that is where its strength really lies. It can hook you in, being a short and engaging story.

My problem lies in that the
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Mussi has done it again.

I didn’t think the adrenaline rush of SIEGE could be topped but reading Riot is like diving head first of a cliff. It never stops, from the first chapter till the last page. How Sarah Mussi doesn’t lose the tension in 350+ pages I do not know. It’s an amazing skill – something that guarantees her a spot on my insta-buy list.

Both main characters, Tia (our narrator) and Cobain are sympathetic but not faultiness i.e real. I particularly appreciated Tia’s character de
Beth Kemp
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having both loved and been terrified by Sarah Mussi’s Siege, I was keen to read her next near-future dystopian, Riot. While Siege is set in a school and deliciously claustrophobic in its tension, Riot mostly takes place outside and features uprising, rioting and an extended on-the-run sequence. Both are well worth a read if you enjoy fast-paced and gritty teens-against-the-system dystopias.

Riot’s narrator is a hacktivist, whom we quickly learn is leading a dangerous double life, protesting again
Charlotte Jones
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This overpopulation storyline is something that I have never read before so I was really intrigued to pick this one up. At 352 pages it is a really quick read and fits into the dystopian genre even though it isn’t set too far in the future.

There were a few things that originally annoyed me about this book when I first started reading it. There were a few Americanisms, such as ‘mall’, that were included even though it is set in London and Tia, the female protagonist, is slightly irritating throug
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

I definitely liked this, but I'm not sure how much, exactly.

For one, it felt like there was too much in too little time. Like, with Siege, it all made sense to squeeze it in that time frame, because it was something that would realistically unfold like that. But this... this was... No. Actually. When I think about it, it's not impossible. I mean, we do get a history of how things have been going on for a while, how the unrest has been simmering, and it makes sense that this is where it fina
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
It's 2018. The population is maxed out and cuts have exacerbated everything. The solution? Forced sterilisation of school leavers without secure future prospects. Naturally, this isn't accepted - riots start, teens revolt, and then it all goes awry.

And, man, I was reading this first chapter or two like What a good concept. I mean, it's ludicrous, but the protest of 'My body, my rights' is hardly farfetched, and 'EVE' is the Anonymous of 2018. It sounded quite exciting.

Then, that excitement dissi
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
When I first saw the blurb for this book, I was intrigued with the plotline and applied to get the book early before release, which they allowed. (Netgalley)
Riot follows the story of Tia Thomson, born to a control freak of a dad, who happens to be an evil politician. Tia goes against everything he stands for. This book is set in England, and shows the manipulation of the government and the reaction from the public towards the introduction of a new snip bill. Which proposes to sterilise youths f
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a wicked and strange story, but absolutely unique. I can honestly say I have never read anything like it before, and that's saying something. This book starts out... strong and the prologue alone sets the scene for a dramatic story and world, the surgical scene is without a doubt a bit scary and crazy.

This books plot is about excessive population, and the governments tactics in rectifying the overpopulation. This is a dysfunction and uncommon dystopian with a new and original world.
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt like Riot had a lot of potential to be a good book, but it just didn't live up to it. The ideas in the book (i.e the snip bill) were clever but weren't executed well at all.

The writing is very basic - it's like reading a script, the characters just do things, there is little description and it is usually something like "the building was big". There's a lot of telling rather than showing. The plot was sometime stiff and unrealistic (jumping from a bridge into the Thames?)

She could have st

Alice (Married To Books)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
(I'm having such a disappointing reading year so far, emotional sigh.)

Let's stress readers, I did read all of the reviews on here for this story and on Amazon before borrowing from my local library. Now, I really wished I hadn't. What a waste of time. Almost immediately, we are thrown into this situation and at eight in the morning here, it's too gruesome to talk about. I felt physically sick as I tried to plough on into the story just to see if anything picked up. But, it was too slow and borin
old account (rl)
May 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014-read
Review copy provided by Hatchette Children's Books for an honest review.

Well, where to start...?

I didn't like Riot. Not at all. I could barely follow what was happening during the book. The plot didn't seem to follow any sort of logical sequence and jumped around to random events that seem to have no significance to the last thing that happened. I barely understood the dialogue - there were so many unusual words introduced with no explanations with them. I wasn't sure if they were related to th
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, dystopian
Eve aka Tia is a hacktivist/ the daughter of a British Minister who is pushing through a draconian plan: to combat overpopulation, he wants poor young uneducated people ‘snipped.’ The young people, and the not so young, don’t care for this idea, and engage in disobedience, which is both civil and uncivil. But the government and its spies, drones and other technology are the real problem. They are killing people and blaming the 'riots.'
When Eve meets Cobain and keeps needing his help and rescue,
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
*2.5 stars*
The concept of the book was interesting and held promise but the narrative felt too rushed, it wasn't really fully explained. There was too much time spent on them escaping and there was a lack of development between characters. However, the last few chapters started to pick up slightly. Mussi has a nice concept but the narrative was just too slow.

Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kept me turning the pages just to find out the ending but I found the lead female MC somewhat irritating, too much 'poor little me' at times (probably my age vs the YA audience it's aimed at) ...more
Amanda G. (Nellie and Co.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very rarely do I come across a book that zones in and targets British culture to the point where I feel so in sync with each of the characters and to the world they live in, but Riot is one of those rare occasions. However, before I get into the nitty gritty of this review, I've seen other reviews that rated this book less than I have because they didn't and couldn't understand some of the language used, insulting the language and dismissing their own lack of knowledge in British slang as the bo ...more
Alyssia Cooke
Jun 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
The time is 2018 and Britain is in chaos. Years of cuts and austerity measures have devastated the country; the banks are going under, businesses are closing, prices are soaring, unemployment is rising and prisons overflowing. The population is rising and the authorities cannot cope. Something has to give. The solution that is found? Forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment. The Teen Haves will procreate. The Teen Havenots will no ...more
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the near future, Britain is overpopulated and poverty is at an all-time high. Parliament has drafted the “No More Children In Need Programme” to reduce the population and so to reduce poverty and tax expenditure. But the program is colloquially known by a much more descriptive name: The Snip Bill. The program will sterilise all young people who are not guaranteed a job, university placement or another form of financial support.


I have so many feelings about this book. For o
Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)

"I believe the children are our future.
Arm them well, and help them fight for their rights."-Sarah Mussi

Riot follows the story of a hacker named Tia who under the guise of her username Eve starts a revolution with her Hands Off: My Body, My Choice campaign. Along with teen criminal hottie Cobain it's up to Tia to stop the one man who can put an end to all this No More Children In Need bill. Easier said than done considering that man also happens to be her farther.

Riot should of been a great bo
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

At the beginning of Riot, I was in love. I loved everything. I loved the premise. I loved the writing. I loved Tia's voice and I wasn't expecting it to go where it did in the early pages. But somewhere along the way, the book seemed to step back from its original idea and went somewhere else. Riot is kind of a political thriller, but it takes a big step beyond its original premise. I eventuall
The Book Spine
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
There was something utterly compelling about Riot, back when I first heard about its publication, that simply caught my attention—and I was so damn eager to read it! I started it as soon as I was able to put my hands on a copy, and luckily enough I was given a proof copy ahead of time. Unfortunately, I’m now experiencing major mixed feelings, as I absolutely loved some of the details Sarah Mussi incorporated in the novel and some of her choices plot-wise but, at the same time, there are several ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review also on

I received this courtesy of Hachette Children’s Books through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Riot had all the makings of a great book but fell short on the follow through of a pretty cool idea. We start off in the year 2018 and things have really changed and certainly not for the better, England is crowded to the max and there are people living in poverty and need everywhere. The government has come up with a bill to take down the n
Ellen-Arwen Tristram
2018. That is what makes this book different.

There are a lot of dystopian YA books out there at the moment (believe me – I've read most of them!), but the majority are set in other similar world to our own, or our own world but further in the future. The unique thing about riot is we are only talking about four years time. AND it's in Britain – not America. That's terrifying; the events of Riot could really happen in the very near future. And that is precisely what makes it such fascinating read
Alice Reeds
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Find my review (also) on my Blog Bettgeschichten

I received a free copy of Riot from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Beware; if the introduction of Riot doesn’t scare you off and you get through it, a unique story awaits you.

Riot is an action roller-coaster which definitely didn’t disappoint me, despite its rating on goodreads, which discouraged me for just a moment. But, I sat down and read it over a pretty short time span.
In chapter one the reader finds himself in the middle of
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Sarah Mussi was born in Gloucestershire. After her education at a girl’s school in Cheltenham, she completed a post graduate degree at the Royal College of Art before leaving the UK for West Africa. She lived in Ghana, West Africa for over eighteen years, marrying a Ghanaian and teaching in Accra. Sarah now lives in Brixton and teaches in Lewisham, splitting her holidays between England and Ghana.

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