Book Review UKYA

REVIEW: ACID by Emma Pass

Author: Emma Pass
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Acquired: Bought

Summary from Goodreads:

2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.

The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.

ACID has been on my wishlist for ages now. It may be one of my most anticipated UKYA reads of 2013. I was so worried that I wouldn’t like it, but I was definitely not let down. In fact, it surpassed my expectations by a long mile! 
ACID is set in 2113 Britain, or, to be specific, the Independent Republic of Britain. I haven’t read many books set in futuristic Britain so this was one aspect that I was a little worried about. It actually scared me how realistic everything was because this could happen. I think the fact that I’m British, combined with the fact that ACID was so well written made it seem as if this world was going on outside of the book. It would be so easy for a scenario such as this one to make its way into the real world.
If you’re someone who pays a lot of attention to character detail, then ACID is the book for you. Jenna could give even Katniss Everdeen a run for her money. I’d even go so far as to say Jenna is now one of my favourite female protagonists. Most characters have something that irritates me about them but Jenna felt so real and whole. Yes, she had faults but they were human faults and so made her all that more realistic. 
All of the secondary characters were also equally amazing. I grew to really love Max and also loved Mel and  the rest of the group.
The overall plot was well thought out and there wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t enthralled. I don’t think I’ve read a dystopian quite like this one and I really loved it because of that. Pass has created a unique twist in the ever-growing dystopian market. If there were more dystopians like this then I’d be reading them a lot more often!
ACID didn’t let me down at all and I’ll read anything that Pass writes from now on. A unique and interesting take on a totalitarian country. 

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    Pink Lady 631
    3 July, 2013 at 4:25 am

    After finishing this a couple of days ago, I couldn’t agree more. This novel was one I couldn’t fault and one of my favourite dystopians. The Plot Twists and Actions were just like “OMG” lol. I loved Max and Jenna is one of my favourite kickass characters. Brilliant Review!

    My ACID Review

    – Sunny x

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    Rita (Weaving Pages)
    3 July, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I absolutely loved this book as well! I definitely will read more of Emma Pass’s books from now on.mI loved Jenna as a character. She was so kick-ass as well which just made things better!

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    3 July, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Great review, I am dying to read this as Sunny also wrote a review and it just seems so good!

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    3 July, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I loved this, glad you did too! I fear for Britain now, it is scary how easily that could happen, isn’t it?

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    Kezia D
    3 July, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    The MC sounds like a character I would like and I’m a sucker for kickass heroines and action-packed plot. I haven’t read anything set in Britain so I’m really excited as well! 😀

    Lovely review Lucy!! <3

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    3 July, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I’m so, so glad you enjoyed ACID, Lucy! I think Jenna’s an awesome character, too. Great review- I can really understand why you loved it so much. What did you think of that plot twist halfway through, about Jenna’s identity? I nearly fell off of my bed! XD

    -Georgia 🙂

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    Rebekah Campbell
    3 July, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Woooooow to say she could possibly be your favourite heroine means I HAVE to get to this book soon. So glad you found a new favourite, especially when dystopian can be quite tough to get right. Fab review, Lucy 🙂

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    So Many Books, So Little Time
    3 July, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this! Emma has become one of my must-buy authors as well. That doesn’t usually happen after only one book!

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    Zoe Crook
    3 July, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I must read this soon! It seems to be buzzing around the book blogosphere at the moment, and it doesn’t sound like the book is overrated. I love the concept of the ACID government. Dystopians are great! Great review, Lucy 🙂

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    Lil Berry
    3 July, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I hand’t heard about ACID before, you make it sound amazing!!
    Thank you for putting this book in my radar, it is now on my TBR list 🙂

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    3 July, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    So glad you enjoyed Acid. I was a little nervous starting it also but I loved it, great review.

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    Jess Hearts Books!
    5 July, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    ACID has been on my radar for a long time now and I’m hoping to read it ver soon! I’m glad this didn’t let you down. Fab review!

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    6 July, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Yay! I’m really worried this won’t live up to my expectations as well, especially since it’s set in Britain. I’m glad that Emma Pass has managed to create both an enthralling plot and relatable, fleshed out characters. Glad you loved this, Lucy, brilliant review! 🙂

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