By Rachel Pattinson
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: April 1st, 2015
This city is falling.
Seventeen-year-old Anais Finch lives in a world where everyone is born beautiful, where every dream is a possibility – and where their every move and every piece of personal information is recorded by an ID picochip inserted behind their right ear. When technology giant, Civitas, finally announces the launch of their highly anticipated Scholarly Learning Programs, which allow people to download and learn any subject instantly, Anais can hardly wait.
But not everyone is pleased with society’s progress, and not everyone wants to fit in. When Anais witnesses a brutal murder on an innocent citizen and is implicated in the crime, she becomes determined to uncover the truth, especially when others like it begin to occur all over the city. But it may already be too late for Anais to stop the man who calls himself ‘the Hacker’ before he commits his most appalling crime yet…
Synthetica is a weird book for me. I devoured it in several days, it is in a genre I am interested in, and I love me some sassy heroines. However, the inconsistencies in the timing of certain events and more than a few grammatical errors distracted me from fully being absorbed into the book. But those things could be solved with a good round of editing. Also, the villains, I say multiple because there are several from Anais’ point of view, were disappointingly lackluster.
Let’s start with what I liked: Anais, her friends, her family, and her world. Anais was sassy and spoke her mind, even if she was at the bottom of the social ladder. She asked why she was there, and why she didn’t deserve to work her way out of it. She also expressed grief over certain occurrences in a believable way. Why her desires were smothered because of what someone who had stereotyped her thought she was capable of. Her friend, Dalla, was also amazing, though I found her predilection for fashion a little annoying. And Xander was wonderful, with his purple hair and supportive presence. Also, the relationship was established before the book began and the focus of the book was not romance. In addition, they never got all mushy gushy with premature “i-love-yous.”
While Anais’ world had its issues, for instance Anais still referring to the bonnet of an ancient car (a car from our time) as a bonnet when people in her time don’t even have anything similar to our version of a car anymore was weird, the world was still unique and the bits of technology that were incorporated into the character’s lives quite seamlessly were well thought out. However, I did wonder where Anais got her supply of money before she started her job. I also wondered how, in a world where the government dictates your job, a company, even a major player like Civitas, was allowed to produce a piece of tech that could teach you anything and meant you could get any job you desired regardless of government placement. Theoretically.
The villains, on the most part, were unintimidating. The book’s Big Bad, while having a scary enough plan of programming people to become murderers, wasn’t that scary. His small anecdotes, while clarifying the plot and adding to his character, didn’t make him all that scary of a villain. His plan was terrifying, but he never was. As for Anais’ other adversaries, from her boss to a certain overzealous detective to some Civitas employees, they came across more as assholes, and just assholes. Their characterization was them being jerks to Anais and being an obstacle for her to overcome or be sassy to. They didn’t add much at all to the story except to annoy me.
Overall, the book was entertaining and ended in a place where a sequel could definitely launch off from without feeling forced. The series seems promising as long as it sticks to the path that it is on and doesn’t try to extend the romance into the plot, and then trip and fall over it.
About the author:
So what qualifies me to be a writer? Well, ever since an early age I’ve been more interested in the worlds in my head, than the real one – so I thought it was finally time to do something about it. I went to uni, got a degree in publishing, worked in an office for a while, decided I hated it, went to China, came back…and now I’m a teaching assistant by day and a YA writer by night. Phew! It’s been quite a journey, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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