Arthur is dying. He must transition within the next four weeks or face permanent memory loss. Alba is studying, preparing to impress the Mentors in an all-important interview. If she’s picked as the next Apprentice she will be reunited with her best friend and cross the Wilderness for the first time.
They meet and everything comes together. And everything falls apart.
I went into this book with different expectations to what I got in terms of the genre/age-range but I still enjoyed the story despite that.
When I initially started reading this book it had pretty much zero reviews and from the synopsis I imagined it being a slightly dark adult dystopian with a survival-adventure aspect to it. Instead, it reads more like a YA dystopian romance. I paused to realign my expectations of the book at this point and went with the flow!
This was a really quick and easy book to read, it took me less than 24 hours to whizz through it because the writing style is simple but engaging and the story is so fast-moving you can’t help but turn the page to see what happens next.
The story itself was interesting. It looked at the greed of the rich and capitalism. Only those who could afford extortionate fees could ‘live forever’ by transitioning into new bodies, and those who were unable to are left to fend for themselves in a diseased world with no vaccinations in sight. It kind of gave me The Island vibes, you know that movie with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson? A better life being promised but it’s all a lie for wealth and greed.
I personally struggle with reading YA just because I find the characters tend to feel unrelatable to me at my current age. I experienced my first instance of insta-love in this story which I can now understand why it’s such a polarising trope. I admit, I fall on the dislike side!
This wasn’t a book perfectly suited to my tastes, but that doesn’t make it a bad book, because it isn’t. I think if you’re a YA reader who loves just a touch of darkness to your romance stories, this one would be a perfect fit for you. Still, I enjoyed this one myself, despite not being the target audience.
Edition Published: 2021
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.49