How did I get it?:
NetGalley- big thanks to Random House Children’s Publishers


The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.

When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?

Strong, gritty writing, irresistible psychological suspense, and action consume the novel as Jenna struggles to survive against the all-controlling ACID.


I’d heard a lot about this book from fellow bloggers. I was happy to get approved to read it. The last few books I’ve read haven’t really blown me away, so I was hoping for a decent read. That’s exactly what I got with Acid. I think the fact that it’s set in Britain made it an even better read for me. It’s not an ‘ideal’ Britain too. It’s a pretty bleak future, one you could actually imagine happening.

Jenna Strong is our protagonist. She is such a brilliant, strong character. At only 17, she has been accused of murdering her parents. She is doing time in a tough all-male prison after being tried as an adult. She learns how to stick up for herself very quickly. Jenna breaks out of prison, with the help of her only friend inside. Then the action really starts to pick up pace.

I didn’t think that the ‘LifePartner’ and the world in which choices are made for you was overly original, but it was well written and thought through. I really liked that Emma Pass used newspaper articles and bulletins to allow the reader to understand the type of world the characters were living in.

I thought Acid was a fantastic debut novel. It gripped me and kept me reading, eager to find out what was going to happen next. I think it’s well worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Burial Rites- Hannah Kent

7 thoughts on “Acid

  1. I really enjoyed this one. I loved that it was set in Britain, it made it more realistic. The world building was shaky at times but ultimately fun and I loved Jenna, thought she was awesome!

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