For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now.
Miss Riki’s Review:
I had a really difficult time getting into this book, and now that I’ve completed it I think it’s safe to say that I’m not a fan of futuristic satire. After reading other reviews, I can see how biting and real the author has made this book and I’m sure I was supposed to get a lot more out of it, but I really didn’t.
What struck me right off and contributed to my inability to get hooked on the novel was the use of made up slang and constant stream of “like “ this and “like” that in the dialogue. I understand that the author is making stylistic choices to depict a youth speaking in a time far in the future, but it was distracting and made it difficult for me to read. The other reason I didn’t get caught up in the hype of this novel was the main character, Titus. I felt like he was selfish and superficial, even after he falls for Violet, who is fighting very real battles of her own. He never quite seems to get off the idea that the world revolves around him and I felt like he missed the message completely when Violet starts to lose functioning. In order for me to enjoy him as a lead character, I would have needed to see him develop emotionally in response to what is going on around him, but in the end he just seemed to be sad to lose a girlfriend, instead of understanding the bigger message behind that loss.
I did find the descriptions of the moon and the different establishments to be interesting and engaging. There’s no doubt that setting plays a huge role in this novel, and the author does a good job of depicting scene, but without likeable characters, I never really got into it.
There’s so many young adult dystopian novels out there right now, and I would pass on this one given the chance.