Blurb (from Goodreads):
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.
Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.
Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.
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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a paperback copy of this book as a birthday gift.)
17-year-old Ana lives in a society split into ‘crazies’ and ‘pures’ – those who have a genetic predisposition to mental health problems, and those who do not.
Ana lives as a pure, and was shocked when she discovered at the age of 15 that she was in fact not a pure; that her mother had committed suicide, and she was in fact a carrier of a genetic predisposition for mental illness.
After some bending of the rules, Ana needs to be joined (married) to a pure before her 18th birthday if she wishes to continue living as a pure. When the boy who she is to be joined to – Jasper is kidnapped, she knows that she has to risk everything to try and save him, even if this involves a trip into crazy town, or she may just end up there permanently.
Can Ana rescue Jasper? Is there more to the testing of ‘pures’ than Ana realises? How deeply is her geneticist father involved in this mess? And why was Jasper kidnapped in the first place?
I enjoyed this book, but I did notice some discrepancies in the story.
Ana was an okay character. I understood what she was going through most of the time, but I also felt that she had some pretty dangerous plans, and would go from being totally confident in her abilities one moment, to being totally in despair over the way things were going. Admittedly this might have been done on purpose to show that maybe concerns over Ana’s mental health were not unfounded, but I really don’t think so.
I liked the storyline in this book, although I didn’t expect certain things that happened. I did find a couple of flaws though; firstly when we are initially told that mental health problem genes are always dominant – and are then told that there are carriers – sorry but that is wrong, if a gene is dominant it is always expressed, which mean that a carrier will also have the disease – i.e.; there are no carriers who are not affected (please Claire Merle check your genetics if you’re going to use them in your plotline). And secondly, when a video is shown in which Ana recognises herself, but no-one else does. I’m sorry, but considering all the wonderful technology that this society has, there is no way that Ana wouldn’t have been recognised, which would actually have made things worse.
There was some romance in this book, but it wasn’t the kind that made you swoon or made your heart beat fast, which was a shame as it became a major part of the storyline.
I did feel that there were some slow parts in the middle of this book, but I did still want to keep on reading, even if it was just to find out what happened at the end. I wouldn’t say that this was compulsive reading though.
I thought the ending to this one was alright, although it did leave us hanging a bit. I’ll definitely be reading the second book to find out how Ana’s story ends.
Overall; an enjoyable dystopian, but not without its flaws.
7 out of 10.