Author: Liz Iavorschi-Braun
Series: Seven Years Gone #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: February 15, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Five generations after world leaders engineer a virus to decimate the population and keep it under control, life continues as normal for those living in The Society. They are divided into classes and go about their lives because it is all they know. The genetically fortunate become rulers, while those labeled undesirable are never seen again.
Torn between her obligation to The Society in which she was raised and a desire to choose her own fate, Ginger takes a chance and risks it all to cross a vast wilderness alone for a chance to be free.
I was provided a copy of Undesirable from Liz Iavorschi-Braun in exchange for my honest review. To see how I rate my reviews, check out my rating system and for further information check out my review policy.
Today I will be reviewing Undesirable book 1 of the Seven Years Gone series by Liz Iavorschi-Braun. I came across Undesirable in one of my Facebook groups. The cover immediately intrigued me, and I found myself on Goodreads learning more about the book.
Undesirable starts with a letter from Ginger seven years after she leaves The Society. However, the story follows her journey out of The Society to freedom. It starts when Ginger is about to turn 16. This is when The Society runs a selection test to see who will go on in the community and who is undesirable. Afraid of what the results may show, Ginger decides to leave her home behind in an attempt to find freedom. She faces many obstacles, but as the letter at the beginning suggests, she escapes.
On the dedication page, I found that the author wrote this book during NaNoWriMo! For those of you that are new here, I love NaNoWriMo! I have participated in the past and plan on continuing to participate in the future. (See my NaNo pages for more about my NaNo journey!) So this just made me a lot a bit excited! Though this did not influence my rating in any way.
Now onto the review!
Things I Like:
I’ll be honest here, I hated Ginger at the beginning of the book. Her voice is stiff and unemotional. However, she grew on me. Her voice shifts almost immediately after she leaves The Society, which I take as her releasing her true self to the reader. I can’t help but want to know more about her journey.
Frequently throughout the book, Ginger wrote journal entries summarizing her day. Although sometimes repetitive to what was already read, many times it provides a better insight into Ginger’s feelings. I think the journal entries help clear up some of the few confusions that happen during the scenes.
Well, I did not see that coming! So from the beginning letter, we know that Ginger escapes. And she does by the end of this book. The revelations after she escapes are completely unexpected and a welcome surprise.
Things I Don’t Like:
Knowledge of Survival
Ginger has been sheltered all of her life. There is no way she knows that much about survival. But she shows the great knowledge she has of survival. Although convenient to the plot, I am unsure just how she really learned all of this information.
This chapter just didn’t need to be here. The whole book is written in the first person POV. This chapter is the exception. It is written in the third person. Being that it doesn’t affect Ginger until later on, there is no reason to have a random third person POV chapter amongst all of the other chapters.
Overall, Undesirable is a great dystopian read. I had such a hard time putting this book down, that I would keep telling myself one more chapter, and after about five I would finally put it down. I really enjoyed the characters and the writing style that the author uses. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on the next book! (The Undefinable post will be out on Saturday!) I give Undesirable…
Thank you Liz Iavorschi-Braun for providing me a copy of your book in return for my honest opinion!
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