Book one in The Cure Series
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley
This book looked interesting as I was browsing through Net Galley last week, so I decided to take a chance and request it for review. I am so glad I did, it is bloody brilliant. Most of the time I am reading simply for escape and nothing to deep or thought provoking. Mainly I pick books that look like they are going to be an entertaining story. This book was all that and more. It made me think. It made me ponder the questions it brought up and lead to some great conversations with my husband, who now wants to read the book.
The authors website describes this as a Romantic Sci-Fi, and Net Galley labels it as Dystopian that should appeal to fans of the Divergent series. Net Galley had lead me to believe this was a YA book, but I think it leans more towards a New Adult or Adult audience, but still enjoyable and appropriate for YA readers. I would classify the book as a Dystopian Sci-Fi, but more heavy on the Sci-Fi. Oh and there is a romance thrown in, but for me it wasn’t what kept me reading.
The story is told from three different perspectives; Josephine, Luke and Anthony’s. Josi (as Luke calls her) is the main focus of the story as we follow the events of her life for about three years. The story jumps back and forth in time, which reminded of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. We first meet Josi in an institution and start learning her story as she recounts it to her therapist Anthony. For much of the book I can’t make out if this is all true or just the vivid imagination of someone who has been institutionalized. We learn of her life with Luke as they desperately search for answers as to what is going on in Josi’s life and why each year she ends up with missing time and a really bad feeling she has done something horrible.
The world this is set it is as captivating as the characters themselves. We have a society that has decided to alter its people. To remove some emotions, to cure people of them, making people drones as Josi calls it. This is really what got me thinking. The story made me wonder what would that do to us as people. If we remove only negative emotions how does that affect us. After can you really feel love or happiness if we do not have hate and misery. How would people react to situations if they can no longer feel passion or anger. Our feelings make us who we are, if you take them away are we still people. I love how this story asked me these things. And what of the people in charge? Should they have the right to do this to their citizens? This aspect of the story reminded me of The Giver by Lois Lowry.
The ended of course left me with a freaking cliffhanger, it is after all the first in a series or trilogy. I desperately want to know what happens next and will be looking for when book two comes out. I hope you add this one to your to-read list. Really a well done dystopian story that is unlike so many of the others that are popular right now. It is written by an Australian author and a few words are different from what American use, but it isn’t anything you won’t be able to figure out. I also look forward to seeing what else this author has written.