Published by Silence In The Library on Apr 22, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, GLBT, YA
Format: eARC from Publisher
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East Country upheld the laws. Mid destroyed them.
In the year 2185 Earth is rebuilding after a global eco-crisis. Countries maintain complete isolation so there's no warfare over scarce resources. One Elected family is chosen to lead each country for one hundred years to ensure stability. Women aren't allowed to take office and must reproduce at all costs. Technology is banned to preserve what's left of the environment.
Yet, I'm my country's Elected. I've just sanctioned technology use to ready us for war. I'm about to cross the border to spy on our neighbor. And...I'm a girl. Shhhhhh.....
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The first book in this series blew me away with it’s incredible look at, and treatment of, gender. This second book does something similar with technology.
The book showed two very different extremes of technology use, with East Country almost completely tech-free, and Mid Country totally tech focused. It was an interesting contrast, and helped to show how extremes of any nature are not healthy.
Some of the technology that Mid Country employed were interesting and amazing. But some options were extremely scary, and extremist in the worst possible way. Being able to draw the line between the two types was difficult, and it really drove home a very valid point about limits and how everyone has a different viewpoint about how far is too far.
Overall, I was just as drawn into this story as I was the first book. It has important themes that will leave you thinking about them long after you’re done reading, and yet the story itself takes the focus while you’re reading. It’s a powerful combination, and one that makes this series, and this author, an auto-read for me.