"A postapocalyptic novel with a cinematic twist from New York Times bestseller Barry Lyga, actor Peter Facinelli, and producer Robert DeFranco" - with this illustrious description of its authors a book must be good, right?
Almost one year after purchasing the ebook (6,99€, c. 390 pages) I finally got around to reading this young adult fiction. Have you ever had the problem that you buy books and then push them further and further back on your "read next"-shelf? And isn't it sad when the same happens to your digital books?
Although I had never really heard about the other to guys, I'm a fan of Peter Facinelli - and knew who he was even before he played Carlisle in the Twilight movies. I liked the stuff he wrote and produced, so I thought I'd give this book a shot.
Deedra is a 17-year old girl who, like all the people in her district, works day-in and day-out in a factory to produce machine parts for the Magistrate. But the food she receives as payment is never enough, so she needs to go scavenging. On one of her scavenging trips she meets a boy who calls himself Rose. He's different from anyone Deedra ever met and opens her mind to things she's never thought about.
After the Magistrate's son is murdered, Rose is the prime suspect. Soon it becomes clear that the Magistrate and the police aren't above torture and that those Deedra and Rose considered allies pursue plans of their own.
"A rose is a rose is a rose" and "a rose by any other name" are two quotes that came to my mind after I stumbled across Rose's name for the first few times. Both gained meaning in relation to the character after a few chapters, but I'm not giving anything away yet.
What startet out as a typical post-apocalyptic novel with grey buildings, loss of technology, mass extinction of animals and plants was made interesting by the mystery of the Red Rain and finding out what the phrase acutally means since the main characters themselves don't know what to believe about this historic event - only that it happened and that many rumours surround it.
The romance between Deedra and Rose and her process of discovering what he is was too much of a cliché for my taste as an adult reader - I simply have to mention Twilight a second time in this post (you know, the lion/lamb scene in the forest) - that's how much of a cliché it is. But, dear reader, I can assure you that it gets better after it's been established that they have a crush on each other.
The action and crime parts of the plot were nicely done, however, towards the very end, I sometimes found them rather hard to follow because some things became so unrealistic. Makes for a rather action packed mental cinema though.
Altogether, a lovely mix between dystopian and romantic young adult fiction, somewhere between 3,5 to 4 stars.