Publisher: Corgi Children's Publishing
Release Date: April 25th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
ACID is something you don’t come across very often. It’s a rare type of novel that I have found. What type of novel?
A standalone dystopian
Well, at least I think it’s a standalone. A little bit in the epilogue has me confused if it will continue or not, but for all intents and purposes the story was wrapped up in one novel. Not a trilogy or series. A single novel. I cannot tell you how refreshing this was.
And ACID was a really decent novel too! Everything is fast paced, the plot develops at lightening speed and isn’t too predictable, never too fast. Just right. And it’s 80% or more action as Jenna is on the run or in trouble or hiding or getting out of sticky situations. Really exciting stuff to read about.
Jenna herself is a pretty awesome character. Being in prison makes you hard, and she’s come to put her survival above all else. But she’s not cold, she has compassion and reason. She questions thing, always have. Her life is messed up and her past is not what it seems. Brilliant choice for a main character to follow on this journey.
The world of ACID is also incredibly interesting. The government is so controlling and corrupt. ACID is the main military/policing force of the world and they’re harsh, faceless enforcers. Some of the laws and restrictions of the world are terrible. I’d never want to live there. Unless you were rich or in the government, life would be terrible. Which is how it can be now really, but the ACID world is about twenty times worse. Either way the insights to their publications and restrictions were intriguing.
One of the things I wish this novel had more of was a character names Max. He was so
hot interesting and fairly major, I just wished we got to see more of him and his story. But with ACID following Jenna all the time that didn’t happen, unfortunately. I also wished we got more insight to the NAR, just out of my own interest and the way they can relate to some particular groups around the world now (I can not say more without spoilers).
ACID was a really enjoyable novel with lots of action. It was nice to read a rare dystopian stand alone that was paced so well with great characters and a terrible world. There was just something missing though that stopped the ‘wow’ factor, which I think came from my mood while reading (which was not created by the book, just too much study). I think I’ll try to reread it again one day.