“The first time I notice the new inmate is when we’re all lined up outside our cells for morning head count. He’s standing five doors down from me, sneaking glances at the rest of us as the guards wave their wrist-scanners across our hips to read the spytags that are implanted when we first get here…
When his gaze lands on me, he does a double take, just as I knew he would.”
Jenna Strong has learned to accept the stares she gets from new inmates at Mileway Prison, as the only female inmate she stands out and she has had to also learn how to deflect the come-ons and the abuse given by the new male inmates. In Jenna’s world ACID control everyone, they are the most brutal police force in history and have blocked entry to and exit from the Independent Republic of Britain for the past fifty years. Jenna is locked up for a crime she struggles to remember and when a mysterious rebel group break her out of the prison she has to use the tactics she learnt inside to hide from ACID and stay one step ahead of them at all times.
I knew I would love ACID. There was no doubt in my mind that a dystopian with a kick ass heroine and an amazing storyline would press all the right buttons for me. Though to be honest I was worried, with the huge influx of Dystopian YA out there right now ACID needed to be special and thankfully, it was.
The story was incredible, I was rooting for Jenna the entire way through and I loved the was it was written, you had narration from Jenna as if she was telling you her story and I felt like I got to know her really well because of it. Then you had little snippets of news stories, letters and transcripts from various people throughout the book which added that touch more and worked fantastic. The readability of the book was incredible and I just couldn’t put it down, Jenna’s narration really sucks you in and makes you want to read just for a little longer, next thing you know an hour and at least 100 pages have passed!
I was worried that romance would make up a lot of the book but I was completely mad to think that. There was a small element of it but the ethics and the control of ACID were more of a topic. The things that the group did to control the country were mental and I often found myself thinking ‘WTF, they can’t do that!’ but they did, and man they were assholes. The twists and turns that the book made were brilliant too and I really loved some things that got revealed at the end of it all.
I like that there has been an obvious opening at the end however this book felt complete. There is room for a sequel but it doesn’t need one, however if there is one I will definitely be reading it! I can’t fault this book at all and its definitely one that will be staying on my shelves to read again.
ACID was published on April 25th by Corgi Children’s books. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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