Author: Monica Leonelle
Genre: Young Adult
Format/Length: ebook, 275 pages
Publisher: Spaulding House
Published Date: Mach 27, 2012
Where did I get my copy: As part of the Socialpunk blog tour, I received a copy from the author.
Synopsis: (from Goodreads.com) Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
My Review: Last week I posted an excerpt from this book. It was a mysterious prologue and when I read it, I was hooked immediately. I could not wait to immerse myself in this new book.
My overall impression - it's a good read.
Leonelle delivered an interesting plot. It's not lacking the element of mystery and it's exciting.
At 275 pages, Socialpunk is a quick read. It's well paced, there's a great balance of background info and adventure. I found that there was something happening on each page.
I also like that the author did not leave the readers in the dark. Yes, the plot was mysterious, but as the story progressed, there were answers. For the most part, this book seems well thought-out and carefully constructed.
Although the idea of The Dome and The Scorched Years, doesn't exactly sound original, I think there was enough going on to keep things interesting.
As for the characters, they're not bad. Their personalities are not exceptional and their relationships are kind of typical of young adult novels. To be more specific, there's a boy who likes the protagonist, there's a girl who is kind of jealous of this, and the protagonist is in love with another boy who for some reason is not in love with her.
Maybe they will be more developed in the second book. I'm hoping something a little bit more original will happen when it comes to their relationships.
Moving on to the ending of the book, I did not like it. The last chapter of the book was okay and I think the one before it was more interesting. If only it could have ended on that note, I think that would have been much better. It would've left the reader much more excited for the next book. But instead I feel kind of blah about the ending. It was lacking something.
I'm not saying that I thought the last chapter was strange. I'm sure it was well thought-out and important for character development. But it was definitely not a thrilling way to end a book, especially the first installment to a series.
Personally, I love a good, exciting cliff hanger. The kind that evokes different emotions, makes me excited to just talk about the book, and makes me long for time to move faster so I can get the next book.
Despite that last chapter, I recommend this book to those looking for a well-paced, interesting read.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Thank you to Monica Leonelle for giving me a copy of this book.
Have you read Socialpunk? If you have, what did you think of it?
What did you think of Ima? Dash? Vaughn? or the ending?
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