Publishing Date: November 2016
Publishers Description: The world, for some, has crumbled. Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest. For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?
Review: “Why does everyone want to rape me?” As young, hot, nubile 16 year old Sage’s storyline begins, she is chased by rapists bent on catching her. She eludes the rapists and decides that living in a garden sanctuary is like, way boring (ewww, old people) and heads out to find a bigger world. Once she leaves, she is again chased by rapists, meets a new friend that has been raped, saves new friend from biker rapists (because we know that all bikers are rapists) and is saved (again) from a good looking well dressed, self-sufficient rapist/killer. This takes place out in the country, and as they make their way into a city with a couple of hundred thousand people, the worst that happens to them is that they get their asses slapped by guards and groped by a cute boy. You would think that a city would be a concentrated epicenter of rapists if this books statistics hold true. And why is every dystopian YA novel rampant with people that predominately want to rape, kill, steal and control?
Well, the novel is well written and brings you into a stylized world of post-apocalyptic mincing about. Sage comes off really self-centered and has no depth of emotion about the people who raised her, but gets all blushy and hot when a girl and a boy kiss her. She is strongly attached to a girl that she has known for a week and this summary relationship just doesn’t add up as being plausible. Additionally, the idea that a violent tyrant dictator can be overcome by a peaceful process is just ridiculous. And why people would flock to a city that has no resources is again, not plausible.
If you want a factual representation based on a salient process, then this book is not for you. If you want a pretty gurl chased by rapists and kissed by gurls while dreaming about airplanes under a Portland moon, then run to the bookstore like a rapist is chasing you.