Title: DEAD GIRL RUNNING
Series: The New Order: Book One
Author: Ann M. Moser
Type of Book: EBook
Length: 225 pages
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
ISBN: 978-1-62007-970-6 eBook
Cover By: Eugene Teplitsky
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
* I received a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Back of the Book Blurb:
Eight years ago, SILVIA WOOD’s father died in an industrial accident. After suffering through years of Psychotherapy Services and Mandated Medications for depression and multiple suicide attempts, she longs to work in Botanical Sciences. When the Occupation Exam determines she must work in Mortuary Sciences instead, she wonders if the New Order assigned her to the morgue to push her over the edge.
To appease her disappointed mother, Silvia enters the Race for Citizen Glory, in an attempt to stand out in the crowd of Equals. After she begins training with “golden boy” LIAM HARMAN, she discovers he also lost his father in the same accident that ruined her childhood. Then Silvia meets and falls for Liam’s older cousin, whose paranoid intensity makes her question what really happened to her father. As the race nears, Silvia realizes that she’s not only running for glory, she’s running for her life.
First off I need to mention that the target audience for this book is the Young Adult readership. With that being said, I will be rating this book with that age group in mind (age 13-17).
Silvia is the main character of this book and she is definitely not your average eighteen year old. Silvia loves her job in the hospital morgue and tries not care what other people think of her and he chosen profession.
At first I thought that Silvia was going to be one of those perfect book heroines that just happen to have all the right character traits and is a paragon of virtue. This turns out not to be the case at all (thankfully). She is flawed and although there were quite a few things about her that bothered me, she comes across as plausible.
Of course, the world that Silvia lives in has helped to shape her, as has the tragedy of losing her father at the young age of ten years old. Readers who have experienced the loss of a parent might be able to relate. This book might even inadvertently help them to deal with their grief.
Aside from that, I enjoyed the story. The world Silvia lives in could actually become our own reality if the world and it’s inhabitants do not make some drastic changes in the way things are done. (Read the book – you’ll see what I mean.)
Some of the plot was easy to guess, and at times I wanted to smack Silvia, but that just means that I was “into” the story.
I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
QUOTES I LOVED:
“The past is all we’re left with now. Living in the past while we’re half-asleep in the present.”
“Nurse Pringle hands me a clear plastic cup. ‘We need to make sure you’re not pregnant before we administer the [Mandatory Birth Control] implant.’ … This is ridiculous. I’ve never even been kissed.”
“Dad always said that everybody is a slave here in Panopticus, even those on top who think they’re better than the rest of us.”
“Moms are trouble.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann M. Noser is not only a writer. She is also an avid reader, a wife, a Mom, a yoga fanatic, a trail runner and a veterinarian. She is the author of “How To Date Dead Guys” which was released in July of 2014. A second book in the series is coming soon. To find out more about Ann visit her at: