Title: Brave New Girl
Author: Rachel Vincent
1st Book in the Brave New Girl Series
Young Adult Science Fiction Dystopia
Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She’s nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can’t stop thinking about him—when she can’t resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she’s flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled. Destroyed.
Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia’s fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?
Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one…
The plot of this book was very interesting even if not quite original, it’s a Dystopian and let’s face it there are so much out there that actual original themes are few and far between. This is the main reason Why I don’t focus on it too much but instead in how the world it’s built and the characters developed, and of course if the story appeals to me.
In this case it did appeal to me. The idea of a world of clones bred for work (agriculture, soldiers) with no thoughts other than obedience and compliance, no interaction allowed merely mindless robots it’s a bit frightening.
The first half of the book was slow, the setting of the world took a while and it’s only when the main conflict happened (Dahlia and Trigger are discovered kissing) that we started to move along.
We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin. We are healthy and strong and smart. But only one of us has ever had a secret.
The characters were nicely set in this nurture vs nature environment, we do see the difference between someone who gets a chance to think for themselves (Trigger) due to his soldier possible command status and someone who is just an obedient worker and doesn’t questions what’s going on around them (the other clones)
Dahlia being the anomaly does questions her surroundings and her conflicting emotions, I like that it help with her growth as a character. What I didn’t like so much even if I did understood the reaction from Dahlia’s perspective was the insta love (To me it was actually more lust than anything but for the sake of plot we need a deeper connection so Insta love)
The other thing that bother me a bit was the cliffhanger ( I usually hate them) but in this case I found it a bit lacking, it lack a bit of build up at least for me.
Overall it was an entertaining read that makes you questions a few things about the possibility of a future similar to this one (again a bit terrifying) So if you want to read a bit of Sci/fi that might remind you of the movie The Island pick this one up.