I’ve read a lot of young adult dystopias this year, but this one is by far one of the best. From the first opening line, it is totally awesome, grabbing your attention until the end (when you realize, to your dismay, that now you have to acquire book two).
The story takes place in the future, in Los Angeles, California in the “Republic of America,” one of two warring nations in the former United States. Narration alternates between Day (“the boy who walks in the light”), who is a wanted criminal, and June, who, although she is also only fifteen like Day, is a soldier of The Republic.
When June’s brother is killed, she becomes convinced that Day was the murderer, and she is determined to find and kill him in revenge. But what she discovers instead is that everything she thought was true is questionable, and the nightmare that is the Republic is all made clear in the light of Day.
Evaluation: For fans of this genre, this book is terrific. The plot is similar to other dystopias only in the barest outline; there are creative twists, and the characterization is very well done. I give this one a slight edge over Divergent, and can’t wait to read what comes next. The film rights have already been purchased.
Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2011