The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.
When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?
Strong, gritty writing, irresistible psychological suspense, and action consume the novel as Jenna struggles to survive against the all-controlling ACID. Seriously sinister stuff. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
This is one of those books that I knew from the first chapter that it wouldn’t be good. But I had hope. Jenna seemed like she would be interesting. She’s the only female inmate in a prison, and because of this she has learned to protect herself. She’s a fighter, and a good one. Then she’s broken out of prison and sent to live with someone that we hear about for all of one paragraph before he’s out of the way.
Cue the insta-love. Cue the sudden brainlessness. And this boy seems more like a ten year old than the sixteen or seventeen year old he is. Jenna is basically babysitting him, but she thinks she’s in love with him? The boy, Max, will throw a tantrum and basically act years younger than he is and get Jenna insists she’s in love with him.
And remember the whole only female inmate in a high security prison? Jenna can hold her own. She can kick your butt without breaking a sweat. And yet a group of six teenagers terrifies her enough that she doesn’t do anything. She doesn’t try to escape, doesn’t try to stop their plan using brute force (which she is could do quite easily), instead she pretends to go along with it and gets caught by ACID in the process.
All the “questions” were answered about a 100 pages before the book ended, and even then I had already known all the answers anyway. The plot was pretty much nonexistent. In someone else’s hands, this might have been a great book, but it just wasn’t.
Send ice cream.