Monday, 26 May 2014

Riot by Sarah Mussi

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

My thanks go to Netgalley and Hatchette Childrens's Books for providing me with this e-arc. 

Pages: 352
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books 
Released: 1st of May 2014

It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

 But it is all so blatantly unfair - the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won't.

It's time for the young to take to the streets. It's time for them to RIOT:


What I Have To Say

I like books that really make you think. Some books do it well, others do it badly. This book is definitely the former. It was really interesting. It wasn't completely pro-protest. It wasn't anti- protest either. But a lot of books at the moment are very gung-ho about bringing down the government and so it's really cool to see a book that is actually taking a step back and talking about the downside of violence; how a protest can quickly become a riot.

The main character is really interesting. It was great discovering her layers and how she came to be the leader of a massive underground network of protesters and the teenage daughter of a politician who just wants to get back at her abusive father. 

This book just has so many twists and turns, so much suspense and danger that I adored every single page. 

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