Title- The Rosie Black Chronicles- Genisis.
Author- Lara Morgan.
Publish date- 2010.
Publisher- Walker Books.
Rosie Black lives in the distant future. Her world is nothing like the one we now live in- The Melt has vastly changed how people live, destroying many cities along the way and now people are divided into The Haves, who are called the "Centerals", the Have-Nots, called the "Bankers" and those who live on the fringe, the "Ferals."
Rosie's a Banker. She fights to survive, which is more then her father seems to be doing. Really, she's fighting two battles. The one for her life and the one to make sure she's never late home. And things only get harder when Rosie finds a strange box that lots of people seem to be willing to kill for... and when Rosie is forced to go on the run, she is left to trust two complete strangers who she can't help but be unsure of- Pip and Boss- neither appear to be telling the whole story. And when your life is in the hands of others, knowing the whole story is a fundamental part of trust.
Thank you to Walker Books for this review copy!
What I thought:
I had been quite eager to read this for quite some time before I got my review copy; I heard of it shortly after it first cam out and was intrigued. It was one of the first dystopian novels I heard about, but I didn't know dystopian was a genre until much later, and I kept my eye on it over the following years, until I heard about the release of book 2 in the series and then requested a review copy of book 1, interested to see what it was like.
The world is very interesting; the way the different people have been sectioned into different catagories reminded me of Days Like This by Alison Stewart, where those with money live on the inside of the wall, being given luxury and life, and those without it are kept penned out, with nothing; it's a worrying fact the way money threatens to destroy every part of us, and I always find myself interested in reading about future worlds where it's happened; then there is the fact that Rosie goes to Mars, where her aunt is working- it's a questionable venture and was a bit too out there to go along with the rest of the story, a little too unbelieveable.
Really Genisis was like a cacophony of different ideas, some that fit together and some that didn't; it was as if there was just a little too much going on in the almost 500 pages that made up this book, and with a heroine like Rosie, who is a bit of a rebel but not that loveable, Genisis doesn't have me waiting eagerly to find out what happens next.
Two out of Five stars.