How did I get the book? Blogger Event thank you @ Hot Key Books
Synopsis: Lona Sixteen Always is not herself – quite literally. She lives her life virtually through the experiences of Julian, a boy who was chosen as a role model for the Pathers of Quadrant 1 – troubled children who have been ‘rescued’ by the government and put ‘on-Path’. But one day Lona finds she can think for herself. And on top of that, the face of a familiar boy appears on her screen – Fenn, who she thought had moved on to a different stage of the Path last year. But he didn’t. Fenn and other rebels like him have strayed from the Path, and now Lona must stray too. But life off-Path is strange and difficult, and Lona uncovers a secret that will threaten all their lives. Can there really be life after the Path?
200words (or less) review: Stray definitely didn’t turn into the book I expected, despite the storyline it’s so much more character driven then action based. It sounds strange but reading Stray was incredibly relaxing. I got to know Lona on a much deeper level than most characters in this genre.
What I will say is that I did not get Fenn at all. Lona and Genevieve are fascinating, intelligent and brave – some of my favourite female characters in ages – and it’s all about Fenn? I could not see it at all but in the end I didn’t have to like him to love Lona’s story.
Stray is an intriguing story, it twists and turns and you’re never quite sure how it’ll come together in the end. I really enjoyed how Monica Hesse built on things, Talia for example and what became of Julian.
Monica Hesse’s debut is complex, intelligent and very well done. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for future releases.