Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Rebellion (The Colony #1) by J. Tomas 5*
BLURB: Sixteen year old Aine lives in the Colony, and his whole life was decided before he was born. In two years he will marry the girl next door, Brin, who was assigned as his Other at birth. Then he will be given a position in the Colony's workforce that best suits his talents. Each night he takes four pills, like everyone else in the Colony, and he knows the pills keep them safe and their world in order.
Everything is fine. Perfect, in fact. Until Aine accidentally drops one of his pills.
Terrified, he tries to hide the mistake, but when he dreams for the first time in his life, he discovers all he's been missing. What scares him more than not taking the pill, though, is how alive his dreams make him feel. Because it isn't Brin he dreams of but his best friend Kyer.
Another boy.
Suddenly Aine's world turns upside down, and he doesn't know what to think or who to trust. All he knows for sure is he's falling in love with Kyer, which is forbidden by the Colony's Code, and he will do anything to protect their budding relationship.
Even if it means defying the Overseer and leaving the Colony behind.

My Review: Complimentary Review Copy Provided by Author. I don't usually give quotes from the books I have read but, this one sums up the beginning of the book so well, that I couldn't resist using it. "Everyone was happy in the Colony. They had to be. We took pills for it." The 'Big Brother Is Watching You All The Time' gave this a scary feel as Aine discovers just how much he's been programmed by the pills and the cleverness of the writing made this an enjoyable read. I think the author did a wonderful job of building an original world in an old trope and making it all very fresh and readable. I hope to read more from him in the future.

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