SPSFC REVIEW: AGE OF ORDER, WHERE ANOTHER YA DYSTOPIAN SURPRISES ME!

Hello people! I hope you all are safe and happy, and today I am finally here with the last review I have to write for the first round of SPSFC, yay! Today book was a book that I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy a lot, and yet in the end it proved me wrong, and this is a really good thing!

Title: Age of Order
Author: Julian North
Page Count: 339
Publication Date: February 6th, 2017

Inequality is a science. Giant machines maintain order. And all people are not created equal.
Daniela Machado is offered a chance to escape the deprivation of Bronx City through a coveted slot at the elite Tuck School. There, among the genetically superior highborn of Manhattan, she discovers an unimaginable world of splendor and greed. But her opportunity is part of a darker plan, and Daniela soon learns that those at society’s apex will stop at nothing to keep power for themselves. She may have a chance to change the world, if it doesn’t change her first.
Age of Order presents an unforgettable vision of a future society that echoes our own. Inspired by works as diverse as the Handmaid’s Tale, Divergent, Gone and the Red Queen, fans of the sci-fi and dystopian
genres will enjoy this fast-paced thriller filled with intrigue and unexpected relationships. Enter the Age of Order.

This book was promising from the start, because we get to know an interesting MC, Daniela, and her friends. From the beginning, you are thrown into this dystopian world, with all its flaws, its violence, and its fears. But you get to see that people keep going on with their lives, as they always do, and even in a really bleak situation, there is hope to be found.
To be honest, this book has, in some ways, not so many original things going on. But bear with me, because this is not a bad thing in this case. We have a lot of the genre cliches in there, and they are not made news for us (do you know what I am trying to say here? Usually, all the books have the cliches of their genre in there, but the author does something new with them or manage to make them real and alive for you and so yeah, you see the cliche but you see it in a new light, or with new life, etc…) but not so much here. And yet it works!

Sure, this is not to say that there is not an original thing in there, because this would not be true. And the author takes the plot in some interesting direction. Also, world-building is interesting, and I loved to read about the school and the highborns. The thing is that all the cliches and the things you will expect to find are just there. And all of them are not plain, or bidimensional (if we speak about the characters), they all are well developed and fit well in this world, but you can still see them as the usual tropes. I don’t know if I am really making sense but I wanted to share this impression with you all.

Anyway, as I was saying, this book has a lot of good things going on for it. Daniela is a good MC, maybe sometimes she is a bit too perfect for it, but she is good, and one of the things I appreciated the most about her is that she doesn’t forget where she is from, and she won’t forsake her old friends for the new ones, even when it may seem the easier way to go.
And Alexander is my favorite character. To be honest, he is not really the main presence in this book. He is important, but still, I had the feeling that he was always a bit in the shadows, and that he could be more with more spotlight on him. Or with more dialogues. He is not the chatty one.
And still I really really liked him!

And the author takes some turns and twist, but the biggest turns of all is the change of scenery that we have at the beginning of the book. The story starts in one place, with a lot of action and then we are ripped away from this setting and thrown in a completely new one. It was surprising, and even if it may have been a bit rough as change of scenery went, I enjoyed it.

All things considered I enjoyed this book, and I spent some pleasant hours with it. As always I may be a bit biased, because this is not really my to-go genre, and so it could really well be that if you are more into it than me you would love this one (and I really hope you do!), but I enjoyed it and I think that this is enough!

And what about you? Have you read this book? Or do you want to?? Let me know!!

Happy reading!
S.

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