December 2, 2014
Title: Rite of Rejection
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Published: December 4, 2014
Genre: YA dystopian
Synopsis: “Before you stands the future.”
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
**I received an advance copy of this book,
but that did not influence the review**
4 stars I always love a great dystopian novel and this one did not disappoint. In Rite of Rejection we learn right from the beginning how heartless the world has become. There is a ceremony that determines if people are deemed worthy of society, and if they don’t make the cut they are thrown away like garbage. That synopsis sounded intense and I knew I wanted to read this one.
The story itself drew me in and I wanted to know more once I started reading. It seemed so obvious that society was being duped by the power hungry leader and I was dying to know what exactly made them get to the point to be so scared to go against the Cardinal. There was a fear so deep that no one (at least from Rebecca’s POV) questioned anything…which set up a great backdrop for a dystopian novel.
The romance is lovely, a very YA romance. It wasn’t burning, but it was very good and meaningful. I didn’t feel it at first *wink* but I liked it a lot better towards the ending. It still never crackled, but I suppose if you are fighting for survival kissy time is not high on the list.
One of my favorite parts of this book was a turn of events I had not predicted. For those of you that know me, you know I love when I’m tricked, and oh man was I tricked. I did not see *that* coming at all. I was reading along thinking to myself that the story was good, following the dystopian formula, but whoa. I was surprised. I knew something was off, but didn’t expect it to go that way. I love when something surprises me like that. I would still like a more detailed explanation of *that* but maybe it’s not meant to be.
The cast of characters was small, but good. It still seems like we only just got to know part of what made them who they were, and there are a lot more complex threads in all of their relationships. Nothing was as it first appeared to be, and I loved that. I think Rebecca has changed a lot since we first met her, although still just as strong, she ended with a sense of who she really was, and I loved watching her become her own person.
What did I want more of? Answers. How exactly did society work? This story was rich on detail in some parts, but skimpier in others. The evil in this story, the Cardinal, was obviously bad, but I needed more. I wanted to know if they saw him, where he lived, just more detail. He was like a fuzzy background noise that was supposed to be evil. I have a lot of questions about him that I believe could be answered in the next book *cough we’re getting a book 2 right? cough*. Otherwise there are a lot of loose ends that feel frayed.
So, on to the ending… it felt like I was left a little bit hanging, but it was full of potential. I get the feeling there is going to be a 2nd book though…because while the characters took a stand we really don’t know what happened and I’m sure it wasn’t simply over. I’d have loved an epilogue or knowing the story is to be continued.
Would I rec this? Totally! If you are a fan of dystopian this is a great addition to your TBR. The writing was beautiful and I’m pretty sure this will be a series so you will have a lot to sink your teeth into. Happy reading!
About the Author: Sarah Negovetich knows you don’t know how to pronounce her name and she’s okay with that.
Her first love is Young Adult novels, because at seventeen the world is your oyster. Only oysters are slimy and more than a little salty; it’s accurate if not exactly motivational. We should come up with a better cliché.
Sarah divides her time between writing YA books that her husband won’t read and working with amazing authors as an agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. Her life’s goal is to be only a mildly embarrassing mom when her kids hit their teens.
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