- Published: New York, NY : Harper, 2013.
- Year Published: 2013
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 391, 27 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown Teen
Sequel to: Pandemonium.
"While Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland."
I like the world that Oliver creates. I like that this novel gives us both Lena's and Hana's perspectives. But in the end, I think that seeing the world only from the viewpoints of two 18 year olds is really, really limited. They are people who are acted-upon, rather than major actors, even if they are caught up on the edges of major dramas and making the choices available to them. And yes, I get it that this is a Teen book, and so it really might just be that (once again) I am simply the wrong audience. A teen might recognize themselves and their own position in life quite directly, and therefore relate closely and love the book better. I'm happy to allow that.
But I think the book would have been better served by having a few more viewpoints that included both the young/relatively powerless AND the older/ highly powerful. I would love to have seen this world and the changes that were occurring from their vantage point (more directly) as well.
I think Lara Zielin's books, and the power of her teen characters (who make choices and deal with the consequences), remain my standard for what a Teen book can rise to.
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