Monday, October 14, 2013

Out of My Comfort Zone Teen Review: Linked by Imogen Howson



 We are super excited to introduce our newest teen blogger, Mira! She's also a member of our high school TAB and a library volunteer, so she's basically covered the trifecta of library awesomeness. Welcome Mira!

Linked by Imogen Howson
I'll start off this review saying that I don't usually like dystopian thrillers, because scary things are scary and people who live on other planets or in post-apocolyptic America are kind of hard to relate to. So picking up Linked was a milestone for me. A really good milestone, actually, because a) the cover is pretty and everyone knows that's 99% of the reason why you pick up a book, and b) it had a new take on the post-apocolyptic America/new planet story. 

Linked takes place on another planet, many many years in the future (date undetermined). It follows the life of Elissa, a girl whose popularity and status were ended when she began having terrifying visions, and waking up with bruises she hadn't gone to sleep with. Elissa discovers these visions stem from a telepathic connection with her newly discovered twin sister, Lin, who had been subjected to extreme torture because she was not considered by their government to be human. The book then follows Elissa and Lin as they attempt to escape their planet seeking refuge. 

I loved this book. The writing was engaging, and the imagery was beautiful: I could see the environment of the planet very clearly, and it never seemed extremely weird or too future-esque. It offered an interesting commentary on humanity, without being preachy. The book really made me think about what it means to be human, and the privileges we as humans believe ourselves entitled to. I'd recommend it to people who like action, romance, and sci-fi mashed up and thrown in the blender. Enjoy! 

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