How did I get it?:
Sent to me by the lovely Hot Key Books. Many thanks to them!
What happens when you live a life that isn’t yours?
25% Romance, 25% Dark Future, 25% Action, 25% Virtual Reality
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?
I hadn’t heard of this book, before it was sent to me, but I’m pretty sure my friend Luna would’ve nudged me in its direction had it completely passed me by. I thought Stray was a great, original read. It felt really fresh and easy to read.
As I said, Stray is a original read. It’s quite hard to try and explain. Stray is about a world in which children who would’ve been lost are put into a Path system. They spend 23 hours a day, being Julian. Julian lived fifty years ago and his life was seen as perfect. The main character is Lona. A girl who has been on the Path for sixteen years, she can’t imagine her life being any other way. Fenn, a boy from the past, reappears. Lona is taken off the Path, and enters a new world where she discovers secrets, other Off-Pathers, finding out who she is and where the Path leads.
I really liked Lona. She was so easy to like. I loved how inquisitive she was. She grows massively as a character as she learns about the real world. All of the characters are intriguing though. I particularly like Talia and Fenn as well.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because I loved going into it without knowing a lot about it. It kept me interested throughout and I thought the writing was fantastic. It’ll be interesting to see how this world develops.
Would I recommend it?: