RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌘 (4.25/5 moons)
Publisher: Tor Teen
“Happiness – happiness that has passed, never to return – can be as painful as sadness.”
The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
Julia Keller has created a world that, up until I read this book, is unimaginable for me. I know there are other dystopian books that somehow revolves around controlling one’s emotions. However, the concept of emotions as a tool to punish and control people are new to me. And the deeper the story goes, I imagine myself being in the same situation as Violet and the people in this world.
I love the concept and the plot of this book. There is enough information as to how the intercept works, how it punished people, how people monitored the intercept feeds, its good and bad side and so much more. It’s amazing how the author describes how the intercept works, how the world divides into two, and the difference between the two worlds in just 320 pages. I’m not really a fan of the main characters though. But the plot twist throws me off guard! I did not see that one coming! (Well actually there are two or three twist in the story that I did not see coming!)
I enjoyed reading this and I feel like I rekindle my love for dystopian because of this book. The only thing that puzzles me is the ending. Not that it is a cliffhanger or weird. It actually feels right although a bit rush. BUT as I checked goodreads to rate this book and write a short review, I noticed that it is a first book in a series/duology/trilogy. I honestly, don’t know how the author would expand the story or its flow but I’m torn between wanting to read the next book and pretending that it does not exist.
People who enjoyed sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy or just a good read would surely love this. Highly recommending this. I just didn’t like the characters and they did not stick to me that much, hence the rating.