Synopsis: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
My thoughts: I went into this book knowing very little about it, besides having read the synopsis and knowing that a few of my friends had recommended it to me. I knew that it was essentially going to be a thriller, but besides that I had no idea what I was going into. Boy was I in for a pleasant surprise, because I really enjoyed this book. I was hooked within the first 50 pages, and could not put it down because I simply needed to know what was going to happen next.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because there are some elements that could be revealed that would be considered spoilers, and I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone because it was such an adventure to read. I will say that I think the character development was truly wonderful, which is one of my ‘must have’ elements of a book, and brings this close to a top-tier rating from me. I also think this book will translate wonderfully to film (which, by the way, was released in September this year), and I can’t wait to see the story played out on screen.
I’d highly recommend this book for people who love fast-paced and action-packed stories set in (believable) dystopian times, and who aren’t afraid of a little bit of gore. I would also recommend going in blind and enjoying the ride.