Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? This was an original concept. With all the dystopian out there, Maya Rock mixed it up by adding reality TV. I enjoyed the peek into a “reality” tv show and Rock kept the tension building by increasing the pressure on the characters to be entertaining enough to bring in ratings. If they were cut, the Characters would be immediately removed and would face an unknown future. I really liked the main character Nettie who keeps on looking for answers about the cut Characters’ futures even when her ratings soar and her plot lines start giving her everything she’s dreamed of.
What didn’t you like about the book? The author tried to take a shortcut in world building by using made up slang, but some of the phrases were hard for me to define. For example, the word “fralling” was used extensively and a definition wasn’t given until page 122. I felt the end resolution came a little too easily and the opposing force of Media1 didn’t put up much of a fight, but it was still a good read.
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of lighter dystopian books
Who should buy this book? YA collections
Where would you shelve it and why? YA
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Susan Ramsbottom, Assistant Circulation Librarian, Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA
Date of review: 7/27/2015