I have things to say. So I say them here. Things include talking about food, my teenage (!) kids, music, Chicago, running, reading and did I mention food. I also have aspirations to do some stuff I find on Pinterest, meal planning and saving money. Wish me luck!
Having a bit of free time, and I use that term loosely as I really should have been cleaning, I was able to read a new ebook by Monica Leonelle*. I found myself lucky enough to have this book because Monica Leonelle, a fellow Chicagoan, contacted me and other bloggers who enjoy books and more specifically, Science Fiction-ish books. I was invited to participate in her 'Blog Book Tour' and as such I said I'd read her book and give an honest review. I did not have to pay for Socialpunk.
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
I was very prepared to dislike the book. There is so much Ebook drivel out there and I began the prologue with cynicism. However, the book was very enjoyable. It was a fast and quick ride. I am a big fan of books featuring a heroine with the "Can Do Spirit". These girls have doubts about themselves, but they don't let that stop them. They see the big picture and they move forward. Ima reminded me of a couple of my favorite protagonists of late, Sookie Stackhouse and Katniss Everdeen. The author did a nice job of catching me with the prologue and keeping me guessing as to what was real and what was virtual reality throughout the book.
My "Hey What a Cool Idea" moment occured when the characters slide down a pole (i.e a fireman's pole) to get from one floor of a high rise to another in this very 'green' world. I also enjoyed the social commentary of a society where it isn't money that matters, instead your worth is all about how much you can influence others.
Finally, I really liked the way the first book ended. The stage is set for the second installment and we had a character revelation that was unexpected--and a road less traveled.
If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and are looking for a good read for your ereader--this is a great choice.