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Insanity by Aaron Jordan
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Apr 07, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, first-reads, dystopia, speculative-fiction
Read from May 03 to 14, 2012

I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I thought that this book started out really good and the author imagination is pretty amazing. I can't imagine a society that is controlled with vitamins to weed out all the undesirable traits in our society. It was facinating to see John, Angela, and Robert behave naturally without the vitamins compared to their behavior with the vitamins. The big stand out moment for me is when John started having what we call "natural" feelings towards his wife and they were both frightened by it.

That being said there were some gaps in the storyline that aren't really filled in and it robs the reader of a great read. It seemed that sometimes are things that happen in the storyline and it was explained after the fact, rather then building up to it naturally. I didn't really care for the ending and it seemed almost awkward. I was hoping for something more but I can see that there was a lesson in it.

I realized at the end of the book that there were discussion questions that are more philosophical in nature to make the reader reflect. Do we need to live in a society that is so controlled that we don't have any undesirable traits? Does this allow our society to grow or do we just remain stagnant? Do we balance a society of good and evil where free will still applies but take the chance of repeating our mistakes? I still think that free will is still our greatest gift even though it may not give us our ideal society.

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