Man, what a long strange trip it’s been. This is how I always feel after a good dystopian. Because dystopians aren’t meant to make a reader feel good – they’re purposefully unsettling.
This one does an excellent job with that. A little bit sci-fi, with a bit of a noir feel, we follow the main character through a corrupt city fiercely controlled by the government, who puts scanners in all of hteir citizens to keep track of them at all times. Fights are breaking out everywhere for food and basic survival. And in all of this, the Angel of the city – also known as Abby – is taken hostage by the Counselors to flush out the rebels.
The main character, who purposefully keeps his name hidden, is given the task to save her. And what goes down from there is nothing short of what typical awesomeness dystopians can have.
You have to feel for the main character, who has lived in this tightly wound society and is smart enough to find ways around rules, and yet has so little hope for a future. He doesn’t expect to live much longer, and finding a way to continue on despite all of the tragedy he experiences, wondering if he would live or not at the end, kept me reading all the way through.
The only complaint I have is that the epilogue given is so vague that I found what was an open-ending into a closed ending where I really didn’t know what happened. If there has been just a few more details and specifics so I could have understood what exactly was going on, I would have been fine, but the vagaries left me a little dissatisfied with the end because I wanted specifics.
Overall, this is a really great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of dystopia.