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Future Perfect by Katrina Mountfort
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Four very well deserved stars for this creepy vision of a false Utopia. Inside the Citidomes, everything is provided for each citizen - residences, companionship in the form of contacts and resmates, food appropriate to each individuals needs and meaningful work. Well, meaningful to the individual.

Caia is dissatisfied and has started to question her apparently perfect life before she even realizes it. Sure she has everything she technically needs and there are luxuries like 'bliss' (a drug that produces a relaxed semi euphoric state) and thrill pills (which simulate sexual pleasure since the real thing is considered the 'animal act' and coupling is illegal), so why does she feel there is something missing? She has already accepted that she'll never reach the standards of BodyPerfect but that's ok - she's more intelligent than all of them. Why does the fate of the 'marked' disturb her? And just what are her feelings for her superior, Mac? Because if it's attraction disorder she is in real trouble... And then Caia finds out that outside the Citidomes is a life she never dreamed of...

Fast paced (occasionally a little too fast paced), brutal and unflinchingly honest, this is a cynical look at where the cults of celebrity and self are leading us. A place where control is disguised as status and personal beauty is valued above competence and cleverness. Disturbing in it's elitist plausibility this nevertheless has an uplifting message where the value of individuality can be reclaimed and valued.

My only quibble is that while Caia is a questioner and undoubtably brave, she is also rather passive, requiring events or other people to kick her into gear. It makes some sense when you consider how young she is and how she is overcoming a life time of conditioning I suppose and when she is galvanized, she is magnificent.

Thoroughly enjoyed this and am looking forward to book two. Highly recommended for fans of YA dystopian fiction.
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