Song Of The Moment- Valentines Day by Linkin Park
by Chris Weitz
Release date: July 29th 2014
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Dystopian
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park...and discovers truths they could never have imagined.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Review: I actually liked this book more than I though I would. It definitely had it's problems and it's not the best or most unique dystopian out there but it's a fairly solid book that I think is definitely worth the read.
This book is set about two years after It Happened, It being The Sickness that killed most of the world. The Sickness killed all adults and children leaving only teenagers. A certain hormone that only teenagers have is all that's kept them alive and is what marks them for death shortly after their 18th birthdays. The book is set in New York where the remaining people have formed "tribes" some simply trying to survive, others to take over the world...you know normal things. The book follows Jefferson and Donna and their group as they realize there might be a way to stop the sickness. There is death and cannibals, mole people and rabid polar bears, there's also annoying characters and horrible "romance".
Let's Talk! -
Explanations - So we're told that there is a hormone that allows these teenagers to live, we're told that they die pretty much as soon as they reach 18 yet we're not really told what this hormone is or why they die so fast, which is annoying. Now I did read the ARC and it is a trilogy so there's time in the rest of the series for this to be addressed, but I feel like it should have been explained just a little bit better.
Rape - Okay realistically speaking I can see this happening, at the same time I don't think it was addressed very well mainly with one character in particular, Kath. Basically the "Uptowners" are the worst tribe, they want to take over the whole city, they are racist and kill anyone who isn't white for the most part, and they enslave girls to rape them. This group(from what I can tell) was started by a bunch of rich white boys and okay this could be realistic, it could, I'd like to think it's not but it could be. But, but, but, but, I hated what the author did with Kath, who was one of these "Uptowners" and whom it is repeatedly implied that she was raped and passed around between this tribe. The problem(one of many) being the second she meets Jeff they're fighting for a gun she holds and then they start...doing it... I just did not like the way the author portrayed her at all not to mention the "love triangle" this brought into it.
Jeff (or Jefferson) - For the most part I liked this character who is the leader of their tribe and who wants to cure the sickness, he's a nerd and overly nice and polite and a fairly well rounded character. However, I feel like when Kath was introduced he did some things that seemed highly out of character and made me hate him a little.
Donna - I loved her character for the most part. I see why her parts annoyed other readers because she uses the word Like way too often and so many of her thoughts are in the form of questions and that is what really annoyed me. They were like observations in the form of a question and it frustrated me to no end. I loved her relationship with Peter(her best friend) and I thought she was basically a bad ass but once again there were a few parts towards the end where I thought she did things and said things that were completely out of character.
Side characters- I really loved some of the side character, SeeThrough and Brainbox and Peter, but I wish they had been a bigger part, I wish there had been a bigger focus on them instead of them just existing in the background.
The "romance" - This book possible has the most cliched romance that ever was. Two friends that have known each other forever? Check. One is in love with the other who has no clue? Check. Big seemingly random dramatic moment where clueless suddenly realizes she has feelings for her best friend? Check. The best friend moves on before clueless gets the chance to confess her love? double check!
The Plot - Okay don't shoot me but I hated Gone. I'm always wary when it comes to Dystopian(or anything) where it's only kids left and all the adults are dead or whatever because I hated Gone though not as much as Wasteland, so every book I've read with this type of plot I have hated. Having said that this is nothing like Gone(in my opinion) and it is way better than Wasteland. I feel the author did a good job with this plot, the way these teenagers acted, getting drunk and high and lots of killing, I feel it's pretty realistic. I just wish when had got better explanations about how they survived and why they're barren(can't have children) and why they die the moment they turn 18. It almost felt like the author didn't want to do the research it would take to explain it all and so just glossed over it.
Overall - This is a really good dystipoian book, not my favorite and I can't say I loved it, but I enjoyed it and I definitely think it's worth reading. I'm very interested to see what happens next! But if you like a good romance in your dystopian don't count on finding that in this book.
Would I Recommend This? Yeah
Who To? Anyone who thinks it sounds interesting.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.