Sunday 20 September 2009


In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

I grabbed this book this morning and just finished it. Honestly, I'm really enjoying all of these dystopian, future society YA novels. This was another great one to add to the list.

In a future Earth, where people travel to the 'boring' moon to take a holiday and party, things don't always go as planned. Especially when everyone gets constant feeds right into their brains! Yikes. As great as it sounds to have the Internet literally connected to your head, this concept scares the crap out of me. Imagine being connected online all the time? And being able to message each other instead of talking, even if you're standing right next to each other? Sounds cool, but as this book shows, comes with a whole set of problems. Very serious problems.

Titus is the narrator of this book, a real product of a society that gets constant ads and fads sent through their feed at all hours of the day. He loves to hang out with his group of friends, and on the moon, he meets Violet. A pretty, shy girl he's instantly attracted to. She's different, not rich like Titus and his friends, but he's still drawn to her and they start seeing each other.

However, an incident that happens to them in a nightclub on the moon comes back to haunt Violet and she becomes very sick. I felt so sorry for her, and actually hated how Titus treats - or rather, doesn't treat her - while she's suffering. But at the end of the day, what can you expect from a teenage boy who grew up in this throwaway society?

I loved this book! It's a dark, sad, yet comical story about a world gone totally wild with technology. It's also a study of what happens when technology gets so advanced that total control is handed over to big corporations to the point of them controlling how and what you buy. I also enjoyed the way the story was told, using a lot of future lingo and terms. Very enjoyable read that really gets you thinking.

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