Proud and steeped in tradition, Akaela’s people, the Mayake, are dying. While they carry implanted nanobots and sophisticated chips to compensate for their crippled and diseased bodies, these enhancements come at a price. Aging technology and a lack of resources make the Mayakes vulnerable to their enemies and on the brink of extinction. As the elders cling blindly to the past, the only hope Akaela and her 16-year-old brother Athel have to save their own people is to challenge the system or die trying. – Goodreads.com
This book had me at implanted nanobots and chips – I’m a total sucker like that for sci-fi. The touch of dystopia thrown in was just a bonus.
The world-building is a strong point in this book – a breed of people with various types of enhancements on the verge of extinction, a plague that has wiped out much of the population, and a controlling, inflexible leadership.
The group of teenagers who hope to change things and help their people, Akaela, her brother, Athel, and friends, Lukas and Wes, were easy to relate to, and I especially enjoyed Lukas and the very literal way he sees the world. Something I really appreciated was the lack of a love interest or triangle to distract the reader from the focus of the story, the teenagers’ attempts to find their fathers. The descriptions were very vivid and the writing flowed well, with the end touching on melancholy and setting the stage for the next book in this series.
The only thing I struggled with was the pacing. The first part of the book was a little slow for me, but the climax felt rushed and ended suddenly. With this being a short novel, maybe things could have been evened out a little more.
If YA sci-fi/dystopian/mystery is your thing, this is your book. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.