Title: The Undesirable
Author: S Celi
Star rating: 3/5
So what’s it about?
It is 2072, America has been at war with Canada for longer than people can remember and the nation is controlled by the indomitable ‘Party.’ At its helm is the despotic leader Maxwell Cooper: A man who paints himself as pure as the driven snow - but Cooper has a secret - one that he is desperate to eradicate no matter what the cost…
Charlotte is desperate to keep her head down when the party starts to lock down her little town. But in an environment of fear, where something as innocuous as an iPod is contraband, can Charlotte really survive – especially when she is Cooper’s dirty little secret?
Love it or hate it?
Not a bad read…but not a fabulous one either. The story has real potential and I’m sure it will pick up in the follow up. However I found the similarities to ‘The Hunger Games’, the iffy-ness of Faustino (…to trust or not to trust that is the question…) and the underwhelming and somewhat stupid protagonist Charlotte to be a little too much for me.
There are some really nice little gems to this book though… The portrayal of America as ruled by The Party, The Homeland Guard, The rebels and their underground network all cleverly alluded to their historical precursors and the writer gives a nod to our current economic fears and the way that politicians are weaving a web of fear and control over the masses. The sad truth is this probably represents a possible future… worst scenario status of course!
So with such a 50/50 review the question is will I read the remainder of the series? … Probably.
Read this if…
“Some people will die. And if you think tomorrow will be the end of it? Nope. I think it’s going to get worse and worse and worse and then—” He broke off and choked up more.
Celi, S. (2013-01-25). The Undesirable (Undesirable Series)