Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: Acid by Emma Pass

Acid by Emma Pass
Publisher: Corgi Children's Books
Publication date: April 25th, 2013
Number of pages: 431 pgs
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Amazon (Kindle) | The book Depository

The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong's world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna's violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.

When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn't know who to trust?

It's the year 2113 and Jenna Strong's world comes crushing down when she is accused and sent to prison for the deaths of her parents. In a world where ACID, the horrific controlling police force leaves no crime unpunished.
At fifteen years of age, Jenna is sent to an all MALE prison where she would serve her sentence for her parent's murders and she has survived the best she could; by becoming a strong survivor and not letting anyone mess her around. This is something she comes to learn over time.

One day, she gets drugged and taken out of the prison, minus a sacrificial death having no idea why or where she is being taken.
She is then given a new identity to save her life. But like her life prior that, not everything goes to plan.
I loved Jenna so much. She was forced to grow stronger because anything else she just becomes a victim. She becomes someone even the men are afraid of. They won't ever attempt to touch her again, otherwise she'd break their legs --  or worse. I think she figures better to stand up for herself otherwise she won't survive any longer in a place such as that.
Even with each life, she may become someone else with a new identity and memories, but deep down she'll always be Jenna Strong.

In her new life, when Jenna meets Max, the son of the doctor who died for her, she has to keep quiet especially when Jenna Strong has been accused for his father's death.
I loved the relationship between Jenna and Max. He may not know who she really is, but he knows her and knowing her name wouldn't change that.
The things these two go through sometimes broke my heart. Max is someone I felt for deeply because of everything he has been through. His family has been ruined, he just does not understand why or the true person responsible.

This might have been a stand alone book, but I felt there could have been room for more. The end was definitely satisfying. We got the answers we yearned for, though some questions might have been left opened.
I'm definitely a fan of Emma Pass. I'm glad I got the chance to read this book. It was dark, full of mystery, rebellion, romance and self discovery.

Rating: 5/5

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