Review: ACID by Emma Pass

September 9, 2013 Review 30 ★★★★

Review: ACID by Emma Pass
ACID by Emma Pass
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Publisher: Corgi Children's Publishing
Source: Purchased
Pages: 431
Release Date: April 25th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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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.

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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.

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Overall: 3.7

30 Responses to “Review: ACID by Emma Pass”

  1. Adriana @ BooksOnHerMind

    It is rare that a dystopian book is a standalone. I mean I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one! Jenna reminds me of Katniss. She’s tough and cares about surviving but she’s human too. She has a heart. That’s vital if I want to connect to a character. This sounds like an alright book. I don’t know. I do love dystopians with a very driven -evil government in it’s story. I am interested to find out what on earth did she do to get landed in prison? Great review (:
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    • Bec

      It sounds like you’d enjoy this! Oh, the thing that got her in prison is one part of the main plot points. Thanks :D

  2. Kezia D

    I’ve read many positive reviews for this book! I am happy to know that there’s a standalone dystopia — it actually exists! XD I love strong female character and from the way you describe it, and from the cover itself, Jenna looks badass!
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  3. Ashley

    I’ve had this one on my TBR list for quite awhile now. It sounds really good. I love scifi and especially dystopian books, but it is so rare that there is a standalone. Sometimes I just don’t want to start a series. I just want a single great book and not have to wait years for a series to be completed. Great review :)
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    • Bec

      Yay! I hope yo give it a chance. That sounds like an interesting story, though I’m not too sure how much I’d like it…

    • Bec

      Thanks! I really enjoy dystopia, there’s some great stories. And series I just seem to always start and then get caught up in the characters and SDJLKFSJ.

    • Bec

      There aren’t that many of them nowadays! The world building has to be done fast and constantly in a way that doesn’t bore the readers. Emma pass did a pretty good job. I hope you get the chance to read it :)

  4. Romi Foster

    I’m glad that this one worked out better for you than it did for me- a lot of the things you pointed out as liking in your review were things that actually really frustrated me, Jenna in particular. I thought she was incredibly annoying and reckless in a way that made me just really dislike her.
    I am, too, a little confused about whether the author plans to continue writing books, make it into a series- I suppose there’s possibility, but no certainty. It was nice to have something that felt standalone, though, I agree!
    Glad you liked it!
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    • Bec

      Ah, really? That’s a shame. I thought that, considering what she’s been through, some of her actions were reasonable. Toward the end though, when she sneaks where she’s not supposed to, etc, that was annoying a little.

      The ending confused me too. I’m hoping that little tidbit was a thought to keep us readers thinking rather than a little plot line to start a series.

  5. Delaney

    I am not the biggest fan of dystopia but I am actually really interested in this book! I read some negative reviews and made me get some doubts but still wanting to read it. I really want to read about ACID and the whole government thing going on. And FINALLY a stand-alone! Hell-o!–not everything needs to be a series–please! And what is this person names Max I hear? ;D
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    • Bec

      Negative reviews can be useful in lowering your expectations so you end up enjoying the book more! Other times you end up agreeing. Governments and societies are why I read dystopia.

      Max, oh Max. I like him. He’s kind of a spoilery person (not really) but I loved his character.

    • Bec

      I can’t quite put my finger on what wasn’t there, but yeah it was a tiny thing stopping it from being great. Thanks!

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