“He nestles his chin on my head and we fit together perfectly, like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Perfectly, like two halves of a broken heart.”
“Maybe when we built a world based on images of the future, we bargained away our dreams. We traded in the passion of our souls, the passion that burns on hope and desire and possibility. And all we got in return was security. Goals already achieved. A life already lived.”
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Entangled: Teen
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You have a siblings.
- You’re looking for scifi that isn’t overwhelmingly scientific or supernatural.
- You’re a fan of friends to lovers romances.
- The concept is brilliant. The hidden depths that the society will go to to protect their fragile tech-based utopia is sickening and demoralizing. The sheer disregard for human life for the sake of progress in horrifying and in the vein of Ray Bradbury. Punishment before the crime, completely dismisses free will. Everyone is a prisoner but fooled into believing they’re free.
- Sisterhood. The moments between sisters are short but beautiful and important. You feel every smile, every worry, everything builds wonderfully. The bond is strong enough to overcome all and risk everything.
- Callie and Logan. I adore romance that builds slowly over time. From sweet childhood memories to rekindling of feelings that had been long buried. Callie and Logan have an innocent, honest romance built on the fact that they’ve never forgotten who they were as children, the good and the light at the core of their souls. Parts are sensual, others are perfectly awkward as are with any budding relationship. They’re learning each other and it’s refreshing.
- THAT ENDING. I’m still trying to come to terms. Shocking and unexpected don’t even begin to describe that twist.
- The pacing alternates between achingly slow and absurdly fast. There’s no middle ground. The shift from adrenaline-packed danger and fear to menial, survival tactics was sharp and jarring, it felt like two stories that didn’t link up as well as they could have. Despite the connections between the Underground and the safe haven to the main society, that whole section felt like Callie was looking at it from the outside.
- Some parts were a little predictable and others were loose ends. There are mentions of time travel and other clues that may evolve into book two but left tons of questions by the end.
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