My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Contrary to many reviews, I really engaged with this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes, you have to suspend your belief, but it is after all, a YA novel and one that has me eagerly looking forward to the next in the series.
Designer babies is such a current topic that the idea that it may come back to haunt mankind in a few generations is such a clever one. While scientists are currently doing everything they can to find ways to cure disease and screen embryo's, I wonder if they would do it if they knew that sometime in the future it would have a deadly side effect.............
Some reviews I've read of this complain that the world DeStefano has created would not exist in the relatively short space of time between "now" and the books setting (it's never made explicitly clear when that is), but I disagree - firstly, it's a book - anything's possible and secondly, the world is a funny place - it wouldn't take much for it to fall apart. I would love to know more about the "first generation" - the only elderly people left and what drove them to such lengths to secure the (pretty rubbish) future of the human race. Hopefully we'll find out in the next book!
It's not as good as The Hunger Games (and I feel that there are some aspects that could have been straight out of those pages - attendants making you look good for public appearances etc) but I like the new (to me anyway) twist on a dystopian society.
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This is also my January read for my Sci-Fi challenge