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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,827 ratings  ·  269 reviews
In the future love will make you a traitor.

120 years after a virus decimated earth’s population the survivors thrive in safety, away from the death and destruction of the Outerbounds. Divided into three levels of intellect, Citizens focus solely on duty.

Due to her advanced intelligence, seventeen-year-old Avlyn Lark is separated from her twin brother at birth and raised by
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published October 20th 2016
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Clean Young adult series?
No fake adverstising? It's a YA advertised as YA
Decent word of mouth?
Dystopian romance?
Free on Kindle unlimited?

It sounds really good!

I might read this one! I just hope the author doesn't add cheating later. If she adds sex I might still read it, but I'll post the info. As of late publishers, authors and Goodreads gods have been trying to shove sex scenes down our throats without our knowledge taking away our sacred right of deciding whether we'll read a smut book or no
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Configured, By Jenetta Penner is one of those stories that grabs you and pulls you in immediately from the beginning.
This was such an addicting tale so don't let the fact this is YA put you off, as this saga is an appealing prospect whatever you're age.
Configured is the first Instalment in this trilogy and it sure packs a punch. It is set in a dystopian future 120 years after a virus has devastated the earth population.
The population is now segregated according to intelligence and our heroine se
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found here on A Leisure Moment*

**I beta read this novel for the author**

Avlyn Lark’s world was designed for maximum efficiency. Her whole life was planned out for her based on where she fit in society. I loved the class system that Penner created. There was a noticeable divide between each class, and it didn’t cross bloodlines. Just because your biological parents were a one, didn’t mean you didn’t belong in a world of twos. Dystopian fiction is such a precarious a topic
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Man, I would love to be able to immerse myself in code and be able to find all of the little bugs in seconds. It would make life so much easier (and mean I wouldn't spend as long yelling at computers).

Overall, this is a decent book. It's a fun little read, with a few plot holes here and there. The character was... a character. She felt kind of flat, and her personality was lacking, but at the same time I feel like that was on purpose? I mean, she is a Level Two after all, who needs normal human
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an advanced reader copy from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

"Defiant thoughts roll around in my brain. Why is it that a few people get to decide how we should live?"

I have read a lot of dystopian novels in the past few years, and this one stands out from the masses. I loved almost every aspect of it. The plot moved fairly quickly, and you never knew what direction it was going to go in. The supporting characters were amazing, and the main character he
Natalie Stagnone
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To start, I received an advance reader copy of this book.

I give this a book a 10 out of 10 stars.

To start the cliche saying of don’t judge a book by it’s cover, is not true in this case; go look at the cover and the book trailer, you will see the thought placed into it and how well it fits these genres and how intriguing they both really are! Sets the book up to be great and the book delivers! Now back to the actual content of the book ...

I am a huge Dystopian Reader and this book is able to
Kaitlin Gillespie
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good! Penner set up a world in the not so distant future where people are sorted into "levels" depending on their intelligence.. We follow Avlyn Joy Lark as she turns seventeen and is thrown into the adult world run by Direction. Haunted by the loss of her twin brother, and taken away from her biological mother, Avlyn dives head first into a rebel group called Affinity, where she doesn't have to keep her emotions in check.
This book is quick paced with high stakes and a lot of emotion.
I canno
Courtney Freeman
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
So there are a couple of very minor spoilers in my review. However nothing is revealed that will affect your reading pleasure.
And wow!! I really enjoyed it, I went through it a lot faster than I expected. When I first started to read it and when I first heard about it... to be honest I wasn't sure... I thought that the story line sounded really good but like something that had been done before but with slight differences. However it surprised me and I really look forward to Book 2!
There was a
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was an enjoyable read. I agree with other reviews that there was a dash of Hunger Games and Divergent thrown in but there is only so many Dystopian type stories to tell. The main character was likable and easy to relate to as she had her moments of doubt and guilt but her humanity and abilities made her stand out in a world where only conformity was rewarded.. Avlyn wanted to do the right thing although the choices she made all had consequences and she would have to live with that. Som ...more
I absolutely LOVED this book! The story sucked me right in and Avlyn's world felt so *real.* Lena was probably my favorite character, and I loved the relationship between Meyer and Avlyn. It felt natural and not at all rushed like some other relationships in books sometimes are. I used up every free moment I had to sit down and read just a few was absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this book, and I can't wait for the next two in the trilogy! <3
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars, with a half-star bonus for correct grammar and punctuation usage.

The premise of this book is pretty great. A young girl, who has lived her whole life in a structured community, is sent out on her own as an adult. She is assigned a job and is to choose a spouse. The only problem is that she's never really been comfortable and now she's learning things and meeting people who are validating her concerns. She must use her computer skills to break into the governmental files and rescue tho
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
it took forever to get to something interesting i almost stopped reading this for ever like a million times. but its like that book and when you stop something happens and you where like 1 page away. and later on people are like yeah that book was the greatest. and you were like ooo i was like one page away. what ever some book start in the middle some book start in the front and die in the middle you reader out there in the world know what i mean. any way it got better it was ok no spoilers tho ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I finally finished my ARC of this book and am very pleased by it. I am very picky about dystopian books so I didn't get my hopes up but I ended up really enjoying this. I am really looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy as there are so many questions I need answered. If you ate looking for a new, fun, emotional book to read, really give this one. Shot!
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi, ya2016
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4.5 stars

Loved this book!!!!... Page Turner... Amazing characters and a fantastic dystopian debut novel!! Really excited for the sequel!! :D

Chelsea Read taylor
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great new YA dystopian book. I really love the characters, the storyline kept me interested throughout the whole story. Left me wanting more, I can't wait for the next book!
Jesikah Sundin
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"My own mother is ranked beneath me. Incompatible . . . Reassignment by Direction to a compatible family is an honor. Especially if it's an upgrade."

CONFIGURED is a fast-paced, action-packed story of one girl's yearning to understand her origins and, thus, self. All her life she had accepted her world for what it is: a technologically advanced society who values intelligence and sees emotion as weakness, especially emotions that form human bonds. But that's the lie her world has bought. Directio
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book was pretty good. It was kind of slow at the beginning, and not much happened, but it got really interesting as the book went on. I liked the characters, but I thought they were really predictable. There weren't many surprises or big plot twists.
Alicia Huxtable
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was definately interesting, well written and had a lot of depth within the storyline and characters. I was actually kind of sad when I finished it. Great start to the trilogy
April Hawkins
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is a delightful little novel about a girl who has to hide her emotions in order to survive in a dystopian future city called Elore. She joins a rebel group and uses her super hacking powers to fight the established order. It is similar to Divergent. But honestly, I think it's better than Divergent. I couldn't put it down once I got into it. There's plenty of action and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Will she get caught? Won't she? 5 Stars for Jenetta Penner
Lene Blackthorn
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book and I am infinitely grateful for that. This book is simply AMAZING!
Avlyn Lark is a young girl living in high-tech world where the community of citizens of Elore is led by the Direction, represented by the single person of director Manning. Based on research and strict rules all citizens must follow to maximize the utilization of the society, anyone having different stream of thoughts is considered uncomfortable and needs to be re-educated or erased from existence.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Avlyn is turning of age and has to change life as she knew it. She was forced to move away from the couple that were her parents. She was not to see her friends or family as she transitioned to her new life. Her career was set up for her and her mating was done by computer with men that they thought would be a good match. Although Avlyn believes something is wrong with her she keeps seeing her brother who was a twin and died.
One day she was approached by a man and after meeting another man and
Suseanne Goulet
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily (eagerly) reviewed an advance reader copy of Configured.

From the first time I heard details about the plot, I knew I wanted to read Configured. I got a copy as soon as I could and left another good novel aside to read it. I was not disappointed.

Jenetta Penner walks the fine line between a fast-paced world, and the rushed, underdeveloped one that I have occasionally seen in Young Adult novels. Other reviews have already described the plot, so I will just tell you that this is a nove
Kristie Austin
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeannette Penner has written a great story where her characters come to life and share their journey through a lifestyle we, hopefully will never have to live. I was on the edge of my seat and hanging on for the ride. It is the first in the series and will not leave you hanging and angry in how it ends. I hate when I'm stuck with a cliffhanger. The ending is left open for the next book, but Penner has done it with style. I love this book and cannot wait for the next one. I was given a free copy.
Katie J
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very involved dystopian story. It is hard to leave a review without adding a spoiler.
While suitable for young adults, it contains action and holds your attention. There are twists, turns, and surprises.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was an okay book. There were parts I really found interesting and neat, and there was excitement, but I didn't find it more than okay. I did like how the main character had realistic feelings and emotions towards the situations (which I really appreciate because most MC's immediately think their invincible and better than everyone when faced with dangerous situations) and I thought her ability was really cool and unique. I'm curious enough as to how it all plays out so I might continue with t ...more
Dee/ bookworm
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-2017
I got a sample of this book from the author and then within weeks I purchased the rest. It is a great novel. A very different view on what society might become. A place where emotions are discouraged for the betterment of society.

Great read!!!
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-favorites
So was not expecting this kind of read I loved it.
Cheri Thornton-Conner

An outstanding read...I love sci-fi the sample got me interested. The book got me to get the next one. Keep writing Jenetta
Cary Morton
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Configured by Jenetta Penner. Although it was yet another dystopian in an already saturated market, there were aspects to Avlyn’s story that were very new.

As far as the technical aspects of the book are concerned, Configured was exceedingly well written. The narrative flowed well, there were no obvious technical mistakes, and I easily got sucked into the story from beginning to
Jia Xuan
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Now, to set a few things straight:
-This is a dystopian, so there is all the dystopian-y stuff in dystopias in this book. So, uh, get ready for the dystopian-y stuff then!
(Well, ok, that was one thing, but... forget that)

Configured is about a girl, Avlyn Lark, who lives in a neat and orderly life under Direction (a government of sorts), which does have some harsh rules. For example, children in this world cannot be raised by their birth parents. Instead, they are sorted into "classes/levels" and
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“Avlyn, this world is both beautiful and broken." She closes her eyes, and her breathing slows. "Make more beautiful moments than broken ones.” 1 likes
“Defiant thoughts roll around in my brain. Why is it that a few people get to decide how we should live? No one should die for the right to love. That kind of freedom is worth fighting for.” 1 likes
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