Book Review – Rite of Rejection

Author: Sarah Negovetich
Series: Unknown
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Release Date: 4th December 2014
Publishers: Patchwork Press
No. Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
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.

The young adult genre has recently been flooded with Dystopia books that are often filled with overused clichés but this didn’t stop me from requesting this book on netgalley after reading the synopsis.

We are initially introduced to our protagonist, Rebecca “Becca” Collins, when she and her best friend, Cheryl, are shopping for their dance cards for the upcoming acceptance ball. It seemed to me that Mrs Negovetich created the cliché boy crazy best friend to help elevate Rebecca’s personality, which had the opposite effect on me. The author went on to have a sales assistant call Rebecca a wise girl for choosing a paper dance card rather than the new electronic dance card, I didn’t, and still do not, understand how this makes her wise? It felt to me that this was the author’s failed attempt at convincing the reader to love Rebecca. However, as Rebecca experiences the horror of the pit first hand, she slowly develops into a self reliant and strong character, which makes her a more relatable and likable character.

This book also contained many other interesting and dynamic characters that were easy to relate to and each had individual personalities. A prime example of this is Elizabeth; her personality was a stark contrast to Rebecca’s, which helped prevent the book from becoming boring and stale. The story contains such a huge range of personalities that it would be easy for a reader to find at least one character that they can relate to on some level.

I feel as though a love triangle is something that has become expected in young adult books and unfortunately, a good proportion of this story is dominated by one. Well, actually a love rectangle. This resulted in Rebecca being conflicted and feeling mixed emotions often, which after a while became old and boring.

Rite of rejection was rather predictable. Maybe I have simply read too many Dystopia books to be surprised by much? Or maybe the author dropped hints that made it pretty easy to guess the twist.

I enjoyed Mrs Negovetich writing style. She was able to keep the story well-paced and interesting throughout the course of the book. Negovetich also explored many real life issues that do occur in modern day prisons, which helped give the story a realistic feel to it.

Overall, this book was interesting and contained well-rounded characters. I would recommend this to all fans of dystopia.



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