Riot (Sarah Mussi)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 352
Publisher: May 1st 2014 by Hodder Children's
ISBN: 9781444910100
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi
Source: eARC from Netgalley


RiotIt is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

But it is all so blatantly unfair - the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won't.

It's time for the young to take to the streets. It's time for them to RIOT:

OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE. 




Well, A+ for creativity and a unique concept. The idea of forced sterilization has actually come up in conversation with my co-workers, so you know I was surprised to see it as a major plot driver in a YA novel.

While the idea behind the plot in this book is interesting, a lot of questions were not thoroughly thought out. For instance, what happens if a person is in college but has to leave to take care of a sick family member? If they don't go back to school or get a job, are they part of the class that gets sterilized? There were many what-ifs that should have been dealt with to make the plot more solid. 

Also, like all good dystopians with a corrupt government, more detail to the alleged conspiracy needed to  be given. That was such a huge part of the turning point in the novel, but it was glanced over. I felt like the action just ended within a few pages, which was disappointing. 

Overall, I'm not a huge fan. I gave it a 3 because the idea was original but it was a weak story.

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