My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: March 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Adult, Dystopia, Suspense, Family, Morality
This is so messed up. I mean that in the best way possible. Do you want to read a soft dystopian that has been done before over and over again or something daring, captivating and all sorts of terrifying? I love an author who dares because tame stories are not for me. I want to be surprised and shocked and thrown into suspense instead of gently nudged in one direction or the other.
This is what the author did to me. We all know what citizenship tests are. My family immigrated to Canada from Romania so my mom also had to pass a test with all sorts of questions with answers to be memorized and easily forgotten afterwards. Except she did not have to face what Idir does by taking his British Citizenship Test. She did not have to make life-altering choices.
I love that this is a novella. Oftentimes I complain and say that I wish something short were longer but here I find that the author has chosen the right amount of pages, chapters and information to share to keep us hooked. It’s thrilling from start to finish and you actually feel like you are reading a story, not just words on paper. But I do wonder if there is more. There should be more, otherwise it’s not exactly a satisfying final conclusion.
I liked the psychological dimension of this story. The idea of analyzing and exploring one’s morality is something I understood. I think we all try to figure out if our friends or significant others are good for us at some point and even question our own morality and character when faced with hard decisions, especially dilemmas, which are an important component of this book. Very interesting. Well done!
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