Author: Kate Jarvik Birch
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Source: egalley received from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 2 Stars
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has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically
engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful
girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all,
perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live
a life of idle luxury.
Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young
daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and
rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to
the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows…and the
freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath
her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only
thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving…and if she’s
unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.
seriously screwed up, disturbing. It was so twisted and messed up that I
literally had a sick feeling while reading. Basically the United States has
legalized the sale of genetically modified human “pets”. These
“pets” get a collar, they get micro-chipped. Oh and ready for the
good part? They can even get them spayed. Are you freaking kidding me???? I
almost stopped reading when I read that. But I pushed on because the concept
interested me and I wanted to see how it was all going to play out.
with the world-building. Or should I say the complete lack of world-building?
We get a basic explanation that a law passed in the US legalizing the pets,
Canada hates us for it, and there are a lot of Americans that aren’t too
thrilled about it either. And that about sums it up. I wanted so much more. I
wanted more info about the genetic modifications. How did this start? Why did
it start? What brought our nation to the point of legalizing this? I just
wasn’t buying it because there wasn’t enough information.
characters. The creepy senator. His son who had potential but ultimately was
the victim of insta-love and wasn’t well enough developed for me to ever fall
in love with. The senator’s wife who was an ice queen the whole book and then
has a complete personality change at the end. The only redeeming character was
probably the senator’s youngest daughter who was adorable, but her storyline
wasn’t tied up at all.
which I guess was understandable. I liked her interest in music, but she fell
in love way too fast and then her decision at the end seemed quick. One minute
she was happy to be a pet and two seconds later, she wants freedom. I don’t
know. I just wasn’t really buying into it.
disappointing. The concept was interesting, although extremely disturbing. I
think with better world-building and richer character development this could
have been awesome. But it lacked those things and therefore, it wasn’t. Happy