RELEASE DATE: May 14 , 2016
AUTHOR: Joanne Macgregor
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopia, Romance.
SUMMARY: When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real.
Three years after a series of terrorist attacks flooded the US with a lethal plague, society has changed radically.
Sixteen year-old Jinxy James spends her days trapped at home – immersed in virtual reality, worrying about the plague and longing for freedom. Then she wins a war simulation game and is recruited into a top-secret organisation where talented teenagers are trained to become agents in the war on terror. Eager to escape her mother’s over-protectiveness and to serve her country, Jinxy enlists and becomes an expert sniper of infected mutant rats.
She’s immediately drawn to Quinn O’Riley, a charming and subversive intelligence analyst who knows more about the new order of government and society than he is telling. Then a shocking revelation forces Jinxy to make an impossible decision, and she risks losing everything.
Being a fan of dystopia books, this book piqued my interest when I first saw it. This book was definitely an intriguing read set in a dystopian world where people are threatened by a deadly plague named rat fever which has spread around the world. People are afraid to step outside their houses without wearing the protective hazmat suits. Although I loved the concept and the characters, the plot failed to excite me much otherwise it would’ve been a great read. The story has lots of potential and it’s a bit sad that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
Sixteen Year Old Jinxy James is a pro in virtual games and excels in shooting. She lives with her over-protective mother and a brother who loves coding more than playing games. Her life is bound inside the four walls of her home due to the outside threat of rat fever and she’s got nothing to do than play video games. When she wins a war simulation game, she’s selected to be trained as an agent in a top secret organization where she gets to kill the mutant rats that are spreading the virus. With Jinxy’s talented shooting skill, she was offered to serve her country by being an expert sniper in the war against the terrorists, the rebels who are against the government. It was hard for Jinxy to kill the mutant rats and now she’s quite unsure about shooting humans. At the base, she meets the charming Quinn O’Riley, an intelligence analyst who makes her heart go wild and also makes her questioning about the government she’s working for. Jinxy befriends other recruits who make her life feel normal but when shocking secrets about the government are revealed, she doesn’t know who to trust and she’s finally left to make an impossible decision that’ll change her life forever.
Jinxy James is definitely a strong character who is also compassionate, naive and respects moral values. When Quinn reveals some hidden secrets about the people she’s working for, she starts to doubt about the missions and questions herself whether she’s doing write or wrong. Quinn is definitely a charming character who has his own secrets to hide that makes him a bit mysterious too. He is quite handsome with his Irish accent and there’s an attraction between Jinxy and him when they first meet. The romance between Jinxy and Quinn is good but not that great either cause I felt something missing in it and I didn’t even know when they got so close. The supporting characters are ok but they aren’t fleshed out well.
The plot was refreshing but I think It could’ve been executed much better. Some bits of the story is quite predictable and It definitely lacked in building tension and suspense which is another downfall. Honestly, I liked reading the second half the most cause it’s where things got more exciting and interesting. The pacing was okay and the writing is simple enough to easily understand. The whole book was told in Jinxy’s POV. The world building is simply great and I loved each and every part of it.
Overall, it was okay! I’m not sure whether I will continue this or not but I still think it was a good dystopian read and definitely recommend it to all the sci-fi dystopian lovers.
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