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.
My favourite thing about Socialpunk was the action. Right from the beginning, I was hooked! The main character, Ima/E/Cinder, doesn't seem to catch a break through the entire book and is always on the move. Socialpunk kind of reminded me of the Truman Show, but with a dystopian sort of real world instead of this one.
However, there were a couple things in the book that bothered me. First, I found Silicon City confusing. So did Ima at first, but while things are eventually explained to her, many of them aren't explained to the reader, so the world felt a little bare-bones to me. Second, I found it confusing that the main character went by 3 different names through the book. I understand 2 of them, but I wish Monica had chosen either Ima or E and not had her go by both in the beginning. Third, I felt a bit like the character of Cinder wasn't really compatible with the character of Ima. I know she went through some serious changes, but I felt they weren't even close to the same person.
Finally, I hated where this book ended. I realized it was supposed be a bombshell, but I was expecting some kind of action-y finale and I didn't get it. In fact, I went to the next page to keep reading and was very confused because I was now on a sneak-peak of a completely different book (I have a bad habit of skipping over chapter numbers and titles, so I missed the part that said preview). I felt like there should have been at least 3 more chapters in this book. I felt like it ended really abruptly.
Overall, I really enjoyed Socialpunk and am excited to read the rest of the trilogy!
On the Cover:
Overall, I like the cover. Green is one of my favourite colours and I like the barbed wire. However, I feel like the formatting is off a bit and things should be shifted to the right a bit, not shoved up against the left side.
I think I'll go with Vaughn. He's strong and gruff, but I think he really does care!
Rating: 3 Hearts
Source: I received an ecopy of Socialpunk for review as part of a blog tour.
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