The following is a Goodreads.com description of The Undesirable by S. Celi.
What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?
Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.
Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how to find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.
As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.
While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.
What Charlotte finds out changes everything.
The Undesirable is classified as a YA/New Adult dystopian novel. If you read this blog, you know I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, and this one did not disappoint. Charlotte is a strong female protagonist, a much-needed and wonderful trend I’ve seen in the dystopian genre. In the beginning of the story, Charlotte is in a seemingly hopeless situation, with all aspects of her life being controlled by The Party. Her life so far hasn’t been picture perfect – she’s had to deal with her alcoholic mother, an absentee father, and endure the teasing and torment of classmates. All this adversity only makes her stronger and when she becomes determined to find freedom, you want her to succeed.
I’m not big on overly romantic books and the author doesn’t make the relationship between Charlotte and Fostino the primary focus of the story – it’s important to the plot, but several other things are also happening. Charlotte and Fostino have contrasting views of the world around them and you see them and their relationship mature as the story progresses.
The novel moves along at a good pace, with a lot of exciting action sequences, especially towards the end. My husband and I were late for a pre-Super Bowl party Saturday night because I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the book (he’s not a big reader, so he just didn’t get it). I’m not sure how many books will be in the series, but I’ll be able to find out when I interview the author, Sara Celi, for next week’s blog, so make sure you don’t miss it!
The Undesirable is available for purchase through the following link at Amazon and a book trailer link follows.