Book Title: The Seclusion
Author: Jacqui Castle
Publication Date: September 4th 2018
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
In the year 2090, America has walled itself off from the rest of the world. When her father is arrested by the totalitarian Board, a young woman sets out to escape the only country she’s ever known.
While on a routine assignment scouting the viability of dwindling natural resources outside the massive urban centers most American citizens call home, Patricia ’Patch’ and her co-worker Rexx discover a relic from the past containing dangerous contraband―unedited books from before The Seclusion. These texts will spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that sees Patch’s father arrested by the totalitarian Board.
Evading her own arrest, Patch and Rexx set out across a ruined future United States, seeking some way to escape the only home they’ve ever known. Along the way, they learn about how their country came to be this way and fall in love. But their newfound knowledge may lead to their own demise.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review.
This book review has been waaaaay overdue. I didn’t realize that I missed to schedule this post during my hiatus. Oh well, better late than never, right?
So. I feel like a total pariah for giving this book a low rating. I rarely see anyone give this a rating of 3 stars or below on Goodreads and I cannot, for the life of me, bring myself to enjoy this as much as they did.
I really adored the plot of the book, let me tell you that! I have a soft spot for dystopian novels and this one has a really interesting story. With that, I love the thrill I get whenever the main characters venture off to discover things that they shouldn’t.
But despite the fact that I sure loved the story, the book just have certain aspects that didn’t quite impress me for it to have gained a high rating. First off, as most cliches say, I didn’t really feel a connection. Things kind of felt flat for me and there was major information dump. The narration was bland most of the time, even bordering on stiff occasionally. And I was irked by how things seem to come too convenient for the characters sometimes.
I failed to feel something for the characters, however hard I tried to. The main character, Patch, just sounds so robotic. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought that the government programmed her thoughts and actions to abide by their will. If it weren’t for Rexx, she wouldn’t have questioned anything and just went along with everything the board says. Maybe that attitude of hers came with her upbringing or whatever, but it just irks me that she’s basically an adult yet she still doesn’t have a mind of her own.
Overall, this book had potential but sadly, it didn’t deliver. I wouldn’t recommend this book but a lot of people seem to really like it so if you want to give it a try, let me know what you think!
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