The debut novel from Rachel Pattinson is an action packed ride.
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.
This is such a fun and exciting read. As soon as I read the plot I was hooked. Straight away it sounded like a Young Adult/Science Fiction/1984/technology taking over mash up of entertainment, and it completely is. Synthetica will have you caught up straight away, and leave you eagerly anticipating the sequel.
The other thing that completely caught my eye was the cover. It’s such a stunning one and incredibly well designed. It peaked my attention straight away. I would definitely add this one to my favourite covers of 2015. The premise is also a really interesting one. Anais witnesses a brutal murder, but instead of being killed also, she is implicated as the criminal. As she continues to be brought to the attention of the police, she has to fight to uncover the true murderer. I recently read Darkhaven, which also focuses on an innocent person being blamed for a crime, so I really enjoyed reading this so soon after Darkhaven, as it follows a vaguely similar idea, but takes it in a completely different direction.
The characters have plenty of depth in them and are believable, if a little cliché with the overly inquisitive teenage girl. I did really like Anais though, and while there could have been more character growth, I enjoyed reading about her and Xander. There is some romance tangled up in all the action going on, which definitely adds another layer to this exciting read.
I loved the world building and all the technological improvements. Pattinson put a great amount of detail into building a world of the future and it was really interesting to see someone’s interpretation of that. The idea that a job can be chosen for you and you will have it for the rest of your life is a pretty scary one, especially if it ended up something you hated. This adds another layer to a really enjoyable, action packed read that fans of Young Adult Sci-fi will just love!