Author: Jaq C. Reed
Type of Book: eBook
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult Fiction
Length: 278 pages
Release Date: April 30, 2015
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
* Eerily plausible
* Terrifyingly realistic
* Horrifyingly inevitable?
This is a shining example of dystopian fiction that readers will instantly identify with.
Rampant wastefulness, overpopulation, pollution and a depletion of the world’s food supply led to chaos, starvation and disease. Much of the world’s population has died.
Visionaries hoping to save mankind and to preserve human life set about building an enormous domed structure that would be able to feed and house as many people as possible. Once built, those that took part in it’s design and construction, along with their families were allowed to live inside it’s protected environment.
Jaq C. Reed has invented a dystopian future where mankind lives inside this domed utopia. The dome protects them from the punishing sunshine and poisonous rains that fall on all unprotected lands.
Babies are no longer born naturally. New “models” (the name they use to refer to children) are created in a lab. This ensures that each model has no genetic defects or predispositions to sickness or disease.
The crime rate is zero, the disease rate is zero, obesity and malnourishment have been eliminated; life is perfect. Or is it?
Each citizen’s path in life is determined by their “code.” No matter what color your code is, you must follow that color’s predetermined path. If you are coded “yellow” your life is that of a “cleaner”; green makes you a “carer” and blue means you work in food preparation and distribution. The only people whose lives are not determined solely by their code are the grays and reds. They are the Governance. They set the rules and even determine what and how much each citizen is required to eat on a daily basis. Nothing is left to chance. People’s lives are regulated right down to the tiniest detail.
But, has the Governance gone too far? When the Governor announces that everyone’s code clock will terminate at age forty rather than the accustomed to age of fifty, people seem stunned but they accept the decree meekly. They know of no other way to react. In fact, meekness and docility is purposely added to their genetic code before they are even born.
Felix is a gray. His father is the Governor. Ara is a yellow. They met as children and became friends despite the risks.
At the age of seventeen people are assigned a genetically appropriate mate. Ara and Felix know that they can never be mated to each other.
As Ara discovers more about the world she lives in, she begins to question everything she has ever been taught. She also begins to question if she really knows the people around her.
The main question is: what can she do about it?
This book is like an amalgamation of John Wyndham’s book “The Chrysalids” with the movies: Logan’s Run and Soylent Green. But that description does not really do THE UNGOVERNED justice. This book is an engrossing read with realistically flawed characters and a plot that will keep you reading long into the night.
Aside from the fact that this is quite simply a terrific story, it can also be seen as a warning of what may come to pass.
Just like in the book, present day scientists are genetically modifying the crops we grow and the animals we raise for food are being injected with hormones, steroids, antibiotics and other substances. In the book this type of genetic engineering resulted in people becoming ill from eating these products. Who is to say that this will not happen to our world?
People are choosing which of their embryos to allow to be born, often based on the desired sex of the baby. This type of selective reproduction could easily become rampant and more and more “designer babies” will be born.
It is not so unbelievable that people will want to eliminate all so-called “defects” from their unborn babies.
In the book over-mining has destabilized the earth’s surface. This is already happening.
I could go on and on, but I think I have made my point.
A story, a warning, a prediction of the future? You must decide for yourself!
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(Description and photo obtained from http://www.amazon.com)
Jaquie Reed grew up in Burriss, a far off place in rural Northern Ontario which instilled the love of the Natural World from an early age. She attended Ryerson University, and went on to have 3 lovely but somewhat feral children and also cohabitates with a blind greyhound and a very fat cat. She now resides in Ajax, Canada. She can often be found walking the shores of Lake Ontario and looking for shapes in the clouds. Jaquie endorses outspoken protection of the Environment and is a cheerleader to those that stand the front lines of valuing our planet and living things on it. Her favorite colors are Indigo Blue and the Color of the Moon.