Christina J Adams
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Thirteen-year-old Silas fears the day when guards come and remove his memories leaving him an empty shell. He is trapped in the Cartiam, a human farm, and knows escape is not possible, but he can’t stop thinking about it. Especially when his older sister Malina is terrified her time will be coming soon. Ever since he was separated from his parents, Malina has taken care of him and now it’s Silas’ turn to protect her. He has to escape and take her with him.
But when the owner comes to visit, things go from bad to worse. Jamar, the owner’s son singles Silas out and the extra attention brings Silas under the owner’s microscope. The other kids in the Cartiam are unhappy with the way they are treated and rising emotions threaten to ruin all of Silas’ plans. Yet worst of all, Malina herself isn’t sure she wants to hang on. It is up to Silas to figure out the escape and fast. If he fails he could lose everything he loves.
I received this novel in exchange for an honest review so here goes:
I did not start off loving this story. In fact, I was probably about a third of the way through before I got HOOKED. The harvesting of emotions really gave me chills. I haven't been able to stop imagining what life would be like if I lost my own memories.
I liked Silas' devotion to his sister but she came across as one dimensional. Up until the end I really didn't care what happened to her. I liked Jamar. He was probably my favorite character because his flaws were authentic and the author wasn't afraid to depict his pride and desperate need for approval.
My only complaints and reasons for giving it 3 stars?
A) the ending was a let down. It felt as though there was less time spent on it than the other scenes. The exchange between Silas and Jamar was just not believable.
B) there were a few grammatical errors and sentence compositions that needed to be addressed
That being said, I am definitely getting this for my mom and my sister. It's certainly worth the read. Plus, I'll be on the lookout for book 2 because let's face it, I've got to know how it ends.
Oh and that poem in the beginning. Wow!