Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review for Female: 918: Part I by Jason Ellis

Female: 918: Part I: Exist & Survive (Exist. Survive. Live.) by Jason Ellis

There are seventeen inked dots on the inside of my left forearm - to indicate my age - plus the identifier, F-918. That is my name, the only one I have ever been known by. 
A future impossible to imagine. The world is a connected entity, covered in train tracks which link countries and floating cities. The advancements in technology and science also carry a darker edge. Slavery has returned. People are grown to serve. Executions are commonplace to keep the workforce in line. 
I am a biological product. I am here solely to serve and toil for others. I do not have any rights, I do not have a name or a voice that can be heard in the world, except my own thoughts, my own internal monologue. 
Many disagree, and argue on behalf of the slaves, for a fairer way of life, yet their words change nothing. One path remains. Brutal. Necessary. 
I hear the rhythmic thud of military boots as a platoon of soldiers hurtle towards us both on their way to secure the area. 
The boy stares at me again. Despite his injured lip, he manages a smile and his eyes widen. “… And we're going to win,” he says.

I adore books by Jason Ellis. They are always fun and easy reads. Female: 918 was no different. I loved this novella.

This book is set in a dystopian future and is told through the point of view of an unnamed girl, simply known as F-918. The world has taken a dark turn, and slavery has returned. People are "grown" to become slaves, and are essentially denied basic human rights. But that is all about to change.

I'm not sure what else I can say about the book because I don't want to give anything away. This novella was quite unexpected. It was a different concept and seemed really well thought out. There were some really clever twists that I totally did not expect, which was wonderful. The prologue confused me a little bit, but I'm sure it will make sense when the rest of the parts are released. 

As usual, I loved the writing style and I cannot wait to know the characters better.

Overall, a fun read!

PS: Can we have Part 2 soon?? I really need to know what happens next!

PPS: I don't know why, but the title and the "Blurb" refuse to be the same size... I can't seem to fix it. X_X

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