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Living the ideal life is a human right, unless you’re unregistered.Living under the watchful eye of the Metrics Worldwide Government has its perks. Citizens are assigned a life, so they don’t worry about finding schools, jobs, or spouses for themselves. They’re even allowed to have one child, enabling them to focus on raising an ideal son or daughter and experience an optimally satisfying family life. The only people left out are the unlucky accidental second children, called the unregistered. For 20-year-old Bristol, this is the only life he knows. But he can’t shake the feeling that something is wrong with his world, and spends his nights painting controversial murals in low-profile parts of town.Metrics doesn’t like the murals, or the frustrations of the unregistered citizens they represent. They enact their long-debated unregistered solution: publicly, they announce the relocation of all unregistered citizens to far-off desert states. But when Bristol and his friends discover the dark truth behind the plan, they must work together to escape the clutches of their motherland, and survive long enough to discover an unknown world.

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Utopian or Dystopian?

Set in a quite near future, the world has become ever more controlled. Lives are dictated to - who to marry, what to eat, what job to do and so on. There is a strict one child policy but there are still unregistered second children for whom life is very restricted and perilous.

Bristol breaks curfew on a nightly basis to express himself in grafitti. An unregulated second child he faces life imprisonment or death if caught. His sister Denver is facing an arranged marriage whilst a young lad, Jude, faces prison for thinking too much.

The society that the author has created is well thought out and can be seen as a natural extension of the society in which we live today. Lives are controlled by CCTV and watches who record people's movement, lives and sometimes speech. People have inbedded chips so they can always be traced. There is access to a controlled style of internet and free time is supposed to be spent playing games on the watches. Society has been split by intellect with the best brains getting the best of everything - housing, food, jobs, partners. The lowly class fives get to do the menial cleaning jobs and have little access to fresh fruit and vegetables.

This book has a well structed plot for most of it although towards the end it didn't hold together quite so well. The main characters are all youngsters at that time in life when they question everything and are looking for a cause. For them to question to world around them does seem logical. There is a black market as you would expect & a way of getting what you want if you know the right people - no society is perfect!

This book raised plenty of questions. The world that the author has created is a feasible (though unlikely) route for society to take. It raises questions about how society is already sub divided and how we treat people who don't conform to a mold. Does society fete free thinkers in the way that it once did or is it trying to create everyone to be the same? In this book people who are deemed likely to commit crime are imprisoned thus reducing crime. Not so very far from some people's thoughts.

I enjoyed reading this book both as a story and for the questions that it raised. There are some interesting twists at the end which were good and unforseen but the ending didn't work so well in every way. I would certainly be interested in reading further books by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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