I really enjoyed this dystopian tale of sisterhood and coming of age. It’s a book that works on many different levels. It’s a story that moves along, pulling the reader forward with questions of how the heroine is going to achieve her goals, mysteries of her mother’s death, and the slow reveal of the world surrounding her. As a story of people living under water, at the bottom of the ocean, the themes of longing for life on the surface and the power of voice were a clever tip of the hat to Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” which is often criticized for telling women they need to lose their voice to find fulfillment. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but reading with that theme in mind enriches the reading of it and gives a big payoff.
It’s a stand-alone novel, but I love the world and characters and would like to see it as a series. I think the end allows for further books and hope Ally Condie will continue.
Pages: 302 | Publication Date: October 28, 2014 | I’d call it PG and a fast read.