Author- Emma Pass.
Publish date- May 2013.
Publisher- Corgi Childrens.
Synopsis (from goodreads):2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
Thank you to Random House for this review copy!
What I thought:
The thing that first struck me about Acid is the feel, going into it, of it being for te older sphere/spectrum of YA- with a "not suitable for younger readers" stamp on the back and a description of a crude tattoo on the protagonist's neck in the first pages, I was concerned about the content I would later be coming across; but, for all I anticipated things getting graphic, dark or just pretty piraty, nothing much happened until a small section at the latter half of the book. Indeed, apart from those instances, there was possibly less of the content that would warrant it to be an older YA book, verging on "New Adult" (a genre I'm still adjusting to) than a lot of other books I've read- books that didn't have the same initial feel of darkness and assumption that, if you'll pardon my language, sh*t was gonna get down. (I censor my own swear words. Only for you, blog. Only for you.)
The characters, particularly the protagonist Jenna Strong, are complicated- I was beginning to understand her and... not warm, but get used to her when her whole being was changed.
It's difficult to explain without giving away the plot too much, but suffice to say that almost every time I felt steady with her there would be a change and I would have to start all over again, getting reacquainted with her.
I felt these changes were, I suppose, a way to keep the plot feelnig fresh and keep the reader engaged, but after so many times I felt it was unnecessary- it gave the feeling of a lot of different stories all being mushed together and altered so that they kind of fit the plot, and I didn't like it.
Yes, it did give that good pacing to the plot, but, I felt, at the price of unreliability and, eventually, a difficulty following it.
Jenna, otherwise, was a pretty standard character, though with a diverse backstory; she is, I guess, kick-ass, but at the same time annoyingly reckless- two characteristics that seem to follow each other- and also just a teenager. Also, Jenna is on the run and still falls for someone, an amusing circimstance that I did see a blogger comment on not that long ago, though I can't remember where- it didn't feel entirely needed, but was unsprising.
She takes an idiotic risk at one point and, though I'd felt pretty neutral to her before then, it made me really dislike her- she was rash and acted like she was the only one who could fix the problems (her own and much larger-scale ones) and by taking that upon herself she almost lost more than one life.
Another small thing I noticed was that, a couple of times, Jenna would say something like, "I don't need to ask what they mean by saying that thing, because I know," before proceeding to tell in detail just what they're talking about- also, the cover... is that Chloe Moretz?
Rating- oh noooo/poor.
I made it through Acid and that surprises me- there wasn't anything that really grasped me and it wasn't a particularly light read, but I didn't stop. It had plenty of problems, but I was semi-interested enough to pull through and that might just be the best thing about Acid for me.