Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: Reunion at Walnut Cherryville by Lauren Salem

6:00 AM

Title: Reunion at Walnut Cherryville

Author: Lauren Salem
Release date: March 20th 2013
Pages: 414
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Self Published
My rating: 3.5/ 5
Source: Review copy provided by author

Synopsis:
Johnny Cockit accidentaly murdered a man when he was ten years old, which is why he was sent to Sonoran Correctional High School, a gender-segregated boarding school located in Phoenix, Arizona. Two months before graduation, Johnny and his friends are drugged and abducted by Walnut Cherryville secret watchers during an afternoon counseling session. Making decisions about the future has never felt important until the students are forced to work in a remote produce factory owned by the vengeful Quinton family. Walnut Cherryville is no ordinary factory; it’s the Quintons’ futuristic desert village governed by the principle that people live better-quality lives when they don’t make their own decisions. To ease the burden of life’s basic yet complicated choices, the government limits misdirection by choosing every citizen’s career path and lifestyle. Johnny and his friends plot an escape but must avoid being recaptured because abandonment of the village is a crime punishable by death. In a scandalous turn of events narrated by Johnny and his delinquent friends Vincent, Laura, and Collins, they discover that the reason they were captured roots back to an ancient family feud between the Cockit and Quinton families.



Review:
Reunion at Walnut Cherryville was one unique and very interesting read. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. By the end I had no other option but to take a moment to gather myself and try to form coherent thoughts. It was a very odd story. And I did have a few problems with said oddness, but I also liked quite a few aspects of it.

Sometimes, when books have really crazy plots, things can get hectic and sometimes hard to follow. Everything just needs to be a bit more balanced out. Otherwise things might get a bit too crazy or hard to follow. I think this was my main, and probably biggest issue with this book. But in spite of that, I couldn’t stop reading. Which is why I’m so conflicted as to how I should rate it! Teenage delinquents,kidnappings, secluded community with psychopathic and controlling leaders, all sounds like some pretty intriguing stuff to me. And frankly it was. Like I said, I was glued to the pages. Unfortunately, there was just so much going on all at once that my mind was just reeling. Had things been more evened out, I would have enjoyed this crazy ride of a book a lot more. 

As for the characters, I did like how distinct each one was from the other and how well you could tell apart their POVs because they each had their own story and thrilling background of messed up and unfortunate memories that shaped each one so uniquely. However, I didn’t particularly enjoy how they all expressed themselves. Their thoughts and dialogues felt a bit a bit scattered which ultimately made them seem a bit flat. 

Despite the issues I had with this book, I still think it was a good read. The descriptions were always very vivid, it was fast paced and it will have you intrigued. Not to mention that crazy and quite shocking ending that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. 

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