Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 30, 2013
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This book made me remember vividly why I love dystopia so much. That endlessly doomed feeling that intertwines so fiercely with the reader's endless hope. Equally sad as it is romantic, this new series is one of my new favorites.
The premise of suicide and depression being an epidemic was scarily realistic and well explored. The what-causes-what question always looming near by. At some parts, I felt depressed myself. More than once I felt the dread and hopelessness of James and Sloane's world. I could understand perfectly why the would want to end their lives in a world like theirs. But then some parts were so infinitely hopeful and uplifting that it completely compensated.
"True things are destined to repeat themselves"
The bits and pieces of James and Sloane's love story (how they came to be and how they fell in love) were so believable and mundane, and yet completely enchanting. They were my favorite part of the book. This is one of the most heartfelt romances I've read this year and I was definitely not expecting that. Sometimes the romance falls monotone when the focus of the book is the dystopian aspect. In this case, the author knew perfectly how to interlace the powerful love story with the premise.
It was also a very thought-provoking read making me wonder constantly if our memories constitute who we are or if, somehow, we can be the same person without them. If more than just our brains have memory. If there is an essence of who we are can transcend what we do or don't remember. And even how powerful our instincts can be with no memories to lay upon. And the fact that it made me think so much cemented my decision to give this book 5 stars.
Overall, one that I highly recommend and should be getting way more attention. If you love dystopian fiction or want a sigh-worthy romance this is for you!