How do you want to feel today?
In 2041, the choice is yours.
San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.
I’m very much amazed with how this novel started. I got hooked from the prologue. It got me very much excited because I haven’t read any book that got me going from the first page in a while now. The story wowed me during the start but somehow it kinda fell back and the excitement I was feeling towards the book dissipated.
I liked the protags. Lex was very strong-willed but I found her a bit stubborn somewhere towards the end of the book but I can’t blame her. Teenagers are stubborn. Quin was kind of hard to understand. I couldn’t really relate to both characters but damn, their chemistry worked for me so much. Also hurrah for the lack of love triangle!! The minor characters I loved dearly, like Elana, Edison and Max. Especially Max. He’s kind of the guy bff every girl would need.
“Love will make anyone a deer in the headlights.”
The plot was very interesting though. It kept me going, even though I mentioned that I couldn’t relate much to the main characters. The way the setting was built up in this novel is very realistic and believable. I love dystopian novels that mostly deals with the government’s faults, like how it somehow reflects how people would stand up for their rights and fight against the government. I like them better than dystopians that mostly deals with sci-fi things.
Another thing I had problems with was the way the chapters were written. Some chapters were really short. I’m kind of not a fan of that. I would have loved this more if the story unfolded with more details because it kind of seemed very rushed for me.
“He cares about you, Lex, enough to risk losing you. That’s the rarest kind of bravery.”
Overall, this book was really a great read. I would have never imagined that this was a debut novel. Also I love that this book had a closed ending even though this is a first in a trilogy.