The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I love thrillers. That’s probably pretty obvious at this point if you’ve read any of my other reviews. This book is no different. I read it pretty quickly, but enjoyed it very much. Keep reading for my review!

The Story

Set in a dystopian future that reminds me of a cross between Death Race and The Hunger Games, players are offered a chance to go on a “race” that will grant the winner freedom. Jenna, convicted of assassinating a senator, has finally agreed to waive her death sentence, and will run in the tetradome. Her story is told in both the present, and the past as told in her memoirs. This allows the author to have a little more leeway in telling the entire story. The reader learns Jenna’s story in pieces, so feelings about the main character change and shift and adjust as more of the story becomes apparent.

The Author

This book is written by Spencer Baum, who is probably fast becoming one of my favorite authors. In the back of the book, he tells how he came up with the idea for the book, and his process in writing the book. I’m fascinated by his telling of his personal journey in authorship, and may have to put him on my list of “Authors I’d love to have lunch with.” In researching the author, I found that he actually wrote a book that was used as a textbook at HARVARD. You go, Spencer!! You can find out more about the author here.

The Review

I found this book for free on Amazon Kindle. I’m always a sucker for free books, so I figured what the heck? I’d check it out. If I hated it, I wasn’t out any money. It’s for this same reason I buy books at the Dollar Tree. Luckily for Spencer, I LOVED this book. I can’t wait to read the next ones in the series! I’ll even pay money for them! I was irritated at first with the switch between Jenna’s present, and Jenna’s memoirs, but as the story progressed, I realized the need for it. In order to tell the whole story from beginning to end, Spencer would have needed to keep to his original book length of 1200 pages or so. That’s a lot even for this bookworm! The book is easy to read, but the simplicity of the book doesn’t detract from its worthiness.

I gave this book 5 stars because it was truly enjoyable to read. It wasn’t overly heavy, so I was able to read it in a couple of days, but I was able to take my time and enjoy the story. The characters were believable, and the future was one that could possibly happen. I did notice some bad language, but it doesn’t bother me. If you have a problem with language in books, you might want to skip this one. If you don’t, you might enjoy it as much as I did.

Well, what do you think? Do you think you’ll read it? If not, what turned you off? If you’ve read it, please let me know in the comments what you thought! Did you agree with my assessment? I hope you read it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Until next time, bookworms!

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