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Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-books, sci-fi, futuristic, re-read

I realised when I was about a third of the way through this book and it was seeming very familiar that yes, I had read it before. I have no idea when, but a couple of years ago I would think.

Ren (or Jackal, her "web name") is a Hope, one of the children born on the first second of the new year in a corporate city state, Ko. She is a celebrity, given an accelerated education, and is used to constantly being the focus of public attention. But then a terrible accident happens, and she is sentenced to spend a (virtual) eight year sentence in a virtual cell inside her head. At the end of her sentence, when less than a year has passed in the real world, Ren has to come to terms with who she has become.

I love the world of the future that Eskridge created in this novel, and the sequence when Ren is imprisoned and slowly going mad is just gut wrenching. Really enjoyed this book, and wish Eskridge had written more than two (and my library doesn't have a copy of her other novel).
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