- Author Malorie Blackman
I hadn’t heard of this one, so probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it hadn’t been in my reading list. I’m glad I did, because it’s interesting to see what dystopian teen fiction was like before the recent glut of Hunger Games style madness. Whilst it’s a good book, very readable and with some interesting characters, I wasn’t left feeling very happy at the end.
Ultimately, I just think it was too depressing. The star-crossed lovers were depressing, the racial hate was similar, and the ending left me feeling flat. I think it affects teens more, it’s almost a modern day Romeo & Juliet, and it’s a great way to raise the awareness of racism within society. It just didn’t grab me as I hoped it would.
And yet, I’m tempted to read the second book to see what happened next. So perhaps it was better than I am giving it credit for.