The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna's violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.
When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn't know who to trust?
I really didn't like anything about this book once I opened it and started reading, despite the story sounding pretty interesting. The plot itself is decent in concept. A girl is assisted to escape from a secure prison and the rebels give her a new identity and keep her safe. She is surrounded by a society taught to spy on each others affairs and report anything strange, so you have to be very careful in everything you say and do.
So who had the bright idea of releasing Jenna, pairing her up to live with Cade, next to the nosiest neighbour the world has ever seen? This was a recipe for disaster. Jenna is a massive high profile escapee, who after being rescued shows no gratitude to those who risked everything to get her out of prison. She is rude, uncooperative and a complete cow, frankly. She needed years of being taught how to behave and keep a low profile-there is no way they should have released her so quickly! As for putting her in a flat with a life partner like Cade? Jeez the guy is the laziest slob moron you can imagine! They bicker and fight and draw attention to themselves constantly. So who is Cade? What was his story? And the rebels don't seem to be watching out for him and Jenna as they do nothing when he decides to leave, risking blowing both their covers.
As for the lovely Jenna? She is an ungrateful bitch at the start of the book. She is meant to be 'kick ass' and tough so why does she require rescuing every time things go wrong? There is always some sudden intervention to save this clueless girl, and that was annoying me a lot. After 60 pages I'm still waiting to find out why she killed her parents. Why no remorse? Why was she tried as an adult? What exactly is ACID all about and how did the country change so much? OK they are evil but more information would be nice! What is the rest of the world doing? There is nothing about Cade. What is the POINT to Max?
It's like a conspiracy against the reader to keep us totally in the dark while the author smugly guards all the secrets that we don't get to know about. I can understand keeping a few secrets and gradually revealing things but we get told nothing at all! All we see are MCs who are bitches like Jenna or idiots like Cade and Max, and we get no back story to make us give a damn about any of them.
The constant changing of Jenna's character is confusing and not necessary. I just found it irritating. As 'Mia' she is meant to be hiding until the rebels are ready to use her in their oh so secret plans. So instead of keeping a low profile, we bring the son of the man you are accused of killing to your house where your life partner has vanished suddenly and aroused the interest of said nosy neighbour. After being betrayed and captured, all she wants to do is save her betrayer? I say sod him! Why in the hell could she instaluv such a useless idiot? Then for some reason instead of locking up the notorious Jenna/Mia criminal, ACID wipe her mind and we get endless chapters of this new version called Jessica and her cosy life and job and friends. Why was any of this rubbish relevant? It was padding out the book until finally she gets her memory back! Hurrah! Ugh.
The rebels are pretty hopeless overall. Letting Jenna out with a new identity while everyone is searching for her is crazy. She has no social skills and was never going to be able to hide. Putting her with Cade was insane. Nobody seemed to be around for her to get help from. Nobody stepped in to help when 'Mia' was on the run with Max. They seemed to have very little in the way of brains or plans and I was totally unconvinced by them. ACID themselves felt more like crazy James Bond bad guys. The head honcho was more like Dick Dastardly from Wacky Races complete with evil snigger and hand rubbing.
This book was not good for me in any way. I hated all the MCs, the plot was weird, world building was lacking, the plot lacked cohesion, and we had that totally pointless Jessica interlude. This was bad on every level. Abandoned February 2015.