My Rating: 4 Of 5 Stars
Publication Date: April 25th 2013 by Corgi Children's Books/Random House Children's Publishing (UK)
Blurb: 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
My Review:** I received an Advanced Reading Copy/Uncorrected Proof of this book from Random House U.K in exchange for an honest review.**
With a bad ass heroine like Lara Croft and a fast paced plot like Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series,ACID is one debut that you definitely must keep an eye on when it comes out!
Dystopia has now become quite a dangerous genre to base your story on,given the rise in competition on that particular genre.At least,that's what I think.Even more so in the YA group.When you've read so many books on a particular genre,it eventually becomes hard to handpick an exceptionally good one out of them.I think the thing that goes wrong most of the time is that the authors focus too much on world building and lose track of the story itself.
But thankfully,in ACID,the author was able to maintain that balance.While giving a well descriptive insight of a dystopian Britain,she also puts in some serious action,making it the perfect dystopian thriller for the YA crowd.The romance was also there,but to a minimum,letting us concentrate more on the action and suspense.
The story also had a good character building,though most of them,other than the protagonist herself,did not seem to have much big of a role.Not that I minded.I'm sure you wouldn't have either if every other scene you read from the book went on a bit like this:
I bring my arm up and pivot sideways so that,as Creep tries to grab me,he's thrown off balance and staggers against the worktop.Before he can recover I spin and kick out,planting my left foot squarely in his stomach.He doubles over with a strangled-sounding Oof. Then,as he tries to straighten up and get hold of the edge of the worktop, I lace my hands together and bring them down hard on the back of his neck.As he cracks his chin on the tiles at my feet,he gives a yelp of pain that rails off into a whimper.
'I tried to warn you,' I say, my throbbing skin and thumping head momentarily forgotten. 'Maybe you'll listen to me next time,huh?'
I push my foot into his neck to emphasize my point.Coughing,he rolls onto his back,trying to twist away from me.Blood - his own - is streaming down from his mouth; he must have bitten his tongue when he smashed his chin against the floor.
'What're you in here for, anyway?' He mumbles thickly, spitting red froth.
'You really wanna know?' I say.
I lean down until our faces are so close we could kiss.
'I killed my parents,' I murmur, and watch his eyes go wide.
-Excerpt taken from an uncorrected proof and may differ from the finished copy.
P.S Keep an eye on the blog for the next few days because the next post will be an awesome guest post by Emma Pass and you'll also get a chance to win a signed copy of ACID.North American readers,this just may be your golden opportunity because ACID won't hit shelves there until 2014.So don't miss out!