Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Childrens Publishers UK, and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.
In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.
But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?
And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?
The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Random House Childrens Publishers UK, and Netgalley.)
19-year-old Corin lives in a society where everyone has a name on the skin on the inside of their forearm. This name is the name of their soul-mate, and they must find this person and marry them. The name must always be kept covered though, and you’re not supposed to show it or discuss it with anyone.
Corin still hasn’t found her soul-mate, but she’s not really bothered by this it seems, whilst her sister is constantly being admitted to the psych ward over an incident to do with her soul-mate’s name.
Then a boy called Colton starts to show an interest in Corin, and they become friends.
Is Colton the name on Corin’s wrist? What happened to her sister? And will Corin ever find where she belongs?
This was an okay story, but there were loads of plot holes, and I got bored, which was really disappointing cause I was really looking forward to this book!
Corin was a character that was difficult to really connect with. She dated boys with a certain name to fool people into thinking that that was the name on her wrist. She claimed not to have a problem with the whole ‘soul-mate’ thing, and was really shocked when she learned that two people who she knew who were married weren’t really soul mates, but then at other times totally disparaged the whole thing. I really wished that even if she couldn’t tell anyone, the reader could have had more of a clue as to her direction, as she was so hot and cold that just started to annoy me.
The storyline in this sounded good on paper, but in practice I just didn’t buy it. Girls always gossip and chat, and talk about who they like and who they think they’re going to marry etc., and it seemed totally unbelievable that people wouldn’t share the name on their wrist with their best friend, or their sister or someone! I mean I would have totally told my best friend, without a shadow of a doubt, so I found this quite difficult to swallow.
Then there were other issues, for example, if you only date people called ‘Dan’, then it would be pretty obvious that that was the name on your wrist. In practice I don’t think you’d be able to keep it quiet for long. Then there was the marriage issue, why make it illegal to marry someone who isn’t your soul-mate, yet not make people show the names on their wrists when they get married? Wouldn’t that be an easy way to police people marrying illegally? Why do you still wear your name guard after you’re married? Wouldn’t it be better to just show the name when you’re obviously married to the person?
And there were more little things like this that just left big plot holes in my opinion. Including a database that listed how many people there were with each name, and how long it would take to find a soul-mate – wouldn’t they just use this to find each other? So much easier! And why do the names only have a first name? Wouldn’t a full name have been a lot easier? Why doesn’t the government aid you in your search if you’re only allowed to marry your soul mate? Why should you assume that your soul mate lives in the same place as you, or is the same age as you, or speaks the same language as you, or is even heterosexual?
Then there was the ending – I’m still not 100% sure exactly what happened, but by that point I was seriously annoyed and bored, and I do know that I didn’t like it. Corin basically took the easy way out, and annoyed me to no end. I really wasn’t impressed, and it totally cemented how much I didn’t enjoy this book.
Overall; too many plot holes, and annoying in places.
4.5 out of 10.