Throw Back Thursday Review: Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle

Published January 15, 2015 by Kaitlin Michelle

TBT

I previously had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the hosting company I used for the blog, and all of my content was deleted.  I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections.  I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂

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Goodreads Summary:

Ima is just a teenage girl trying to make it in The Dome, an encapsulated, 5-mile radius of downtown Chicago that remains after natural disaster has overtaken most of the earth. When she meets a hooded figure named Vaughn at a party, he takes her on a whirlwind escape that jolts her from her current reality into Silicon City, where humans are upgraded, currency is clout, and bionic eyes are the only way to get information among the glass and metal spiraling buildings that dot the skyline. Oh, and the year is 2198, not 2052 like she thought it was.

But this new city comes with dangers of its own, from degenerates to replications, from hostile hashes to a dictator who seems determined to control the population. To top it all off, Ima has to find some way to get back to The Dome to save her best friend Dash before the powers of Silicon City find a way to destroy it.

Something sinister is brewing in Silicon City, and Ima is determined to figure out how to stop it. Along the way, she will have to give up parts of herself to save the ones she loves. Can she survive the future long enough to fix the past?

Socialpunk is a 62,000-word young adult novel, slated as the first volume of the Socialpunk Trilogy.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. It reminded me of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield (it also had a mention of the characters from that series (Tally and the Crims). I really loved that series as well. Anyway, the book was a short read, and ends abruptly definitely making you want book #2. The book is about a girl named Ima (who changes her name to Cinder) and her world in Domed Chicago, after the Scorched Years. She is struggling to figure out her world, as she questions the truth of her teachers and authority figures. She also is struggling to figure out her feelings for her best friend (and her love who doesn’t love her), new friend (who she has a strange connection with), and the guy that saves her repeatedly (and has all the answers she has been looking for). I don’t want to give any more of it away, except that it reminded me of the movie The Island, and virtual reality like Sims, and also the Wii game Da Blob. LOL

VERDICT:

Worth the purchase. I loved it. Read it especially if you enjoyed the Uglies Series.

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