Socialpunk, by Monica Leonelle.
On the one hand, she needed Nasser's hash and she promised she would do what he wanted if he helped her save Dash. On the other hand, she would never fall in love again, never explore the beginnings of feelings with Nahum, never have a chance to help Dash change his mind about her.
Not that it mattered with Dash; Cinder knew in her heart that her best friend just didn't love her like that. Maybe aligning herself with Nasser would be for the best. Maybe he would keep her from getting her heart broken again And she could do something real for once in her life, something important. She could be someone her hash depended on; she could balance out Nasser's not-so-brilliant moments, and she could help him keep them all safe.
Socialpunk is the first novel in the Socialpunk series, a new series by author Monica Leonelle, and a blogger friend of mine received an email asking for reviewers for it, which she then forwarded to me. I love dystopian literature, and Socialpunk definitely qualifies; it's a mix of The Hunger Games and the movie In Time, among other books and movies, in my opinion, and it catches your attention from its opening paragraphs.
The novel is a little hard to explain, so I'm going to use the synopsis from Goodreads instead:
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
That's a little bit simplified, but it's basically the gist of it. Ima, aka "E," soon finds out that the world she considered her own is actually fake - an experiment - and she must go back to The Dome and save her friend Dash, before all of the residents of The Dome die.
The novel was very interesting; I will definitely be checking out Socialmob (Socialpunk #2) when it is released in July. The book is nonstop action throughout, and I started reading it today on my smartphone during a work break (I had a digital copy of it) and finished it just now on my iPad - it's that quick of a read. My only complaint about it is that the ending is very abrupt, as another reviewer also complained about, but I suppose that any loose ends can be tied up during the next book in the series.
3.5 out of 5 stars.
*Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this novel to review. The opinions listed, however, are my own.
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