I received a copy of this book for an honest review from the publisher, Entangled Teen, through NetGalley.
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.
Welcome to a world where the kind of job you get depends a lot on your future memory, where religion is no longer necessary since one’s future memory provides the hope, comfort, and reassurance once previously sought through religion, where one’s prayers are to ‘Fate’ itself , a world where displaying Psychic abilities can mean being locked away and experimented on for unknown ‘studies’.
Now, I must admit that the idea of future memory has its advantages and appeal like not wasting time studying for a particular degree when it won’t be of any use to you in the future and it could reduce anxiety about the future but what about those whose future memories are not positive? What happens if, for example, your future memory shows you committing a serious crime…like murder? Well you are locked away, but is it for the reason everyone thinks?
So, when Calla Ann’s future memory shows her killing her sister, she decides to turn herself in on the assumption based on common belief that she would be prevented from committing this awful act. Only, things are not as straightforward as that, there are layers of secrets buried within truths and halftruths and eventually she will discover the mind-shattering truth behind ‘future memory’ and what this would mean for the world at large.
I haven’t read many dystopian novels but this was really enjoyable. It had a film-like quality to it and I was able to ‘see’ this world. I liked the characters, and I felt they were real and multi-dimensional with specific traits and qualities. They didn’t blend into each other or into the background. I cared about them and would remember them for some time. My favourite character was Calla Ann. She is so full of love even though she has been hurt in the past by the absence of her father and Logan who she is now reconecting with. She shows us the true meaning of sacrifice and I admire her willingness to go above and beyond not only for her nearest and dearest but for all humanity.
The author did a great job bringing this concept of a futuristic world to life . Her descriptions really transform this world from just words to something almost tangible and visible. The pacing is as it should be: there are moments of discovery, tension and adrenaline inducing situations offset by others of tender and relaxed moments.
I found the storyline to be more complex that it would appear at first. There was always a new twist or discovery from what one might have anticipated and it made for an addictive, page-turning read. The ending, a fine balance betwwen a resolution and a cliffhanger is almost perfect in my opinion and left me eagerly awaiting and anticipating the sequel!
I recommend this for fans of the Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahareh Mafi , The Giver and The Divergent Series or anyone who likes Dystopian Novels.