Publication date: June 14, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
I received a free copy of this book from Indie Sage in exchange for an honest review.
Well, the storyline was promising, but I must say I was not convinced by the execution.
The idea of a future world composed of people addicted to social medias is really not so far from reality. And a part of the population decimated by brain cancer due to excessive radiation is a frightening but plausible hypothesis.
The main character, Blanca, is part of what is considered an elite in this over-connected world : Vestals. Kids raised without any contact with the Internet, and an online social blank slate. This idea of purity would have been interesting to me if it had developed to serve a higher purpose, but I found it disappointing that it was used only for commercial purpose.
The first scene was promising (Blanca defending herself against the Virus), but I think it was incompatible with what I read about her next. I can’t imagine someone fighting in the first scene of a book and not being able to think for herself next.
But what was mostly disturbing to me was I was not able to connect with Blanca, at all. In general the first person narrative helps me connect with characters, cause I know what they think and most of all what they feel. It allows me to relate to what they’re experiencing. But the narrative here was somewhat emotionless, and I was not able to care about her.
I thought the love story was hard to believe, and kind of instalove (at least from Seth’s point of view), and though their opposition later was kind of interesting, it wasn’t enough for me to compensate the flaws and inconsistencies of the book.
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