Riot

20359867

How did I get it?:
Review copy from Hachette Children’s Books in exchange for a honest review!

Synopsis:

It is 2018. England has been struggling under a recession that has shown no sign of abating. Years of cuts has devastated Britain: banks are going under, businesses closing, prices soaring, unemployment rising, prisons overflowing. The authorities cannot cope. And the population has maxed out.

The police are snowed under. Something has to give. Drastic measures need taking.

The solution: forced sterilisation of all school leavers without secure further education plans or guaranteed employment.

The country is aghast. Families are distraught, teenagers are in revolt, but the politicians are unshakeable: The population explosion must be curbed. No more free housing for single parents, no more child benefit, no more free school meals, no more children in need. Less means more.

But it is all so blatantly unfair – the Teen Haves will procreate, the Teen Havenots won’t.

It’s time for the young to take to the streets. It’s time for them to RIOT:

OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE, OUR BODIES, OUR FUTURE.

Thoughts:

I have had a copy of Riot, for a while now and the Luna’s Picks feature, encouraged me to pick it up this month and get it read! I was expecting amazing things, as Luna had rated it five stars. (See her review HERE) I thought Riot was a good read, but I wasn’t blown away. Maybe my expectations were too high? I’m not sure. But for some reason I didn’t connect with it as much as I wanted to.

The premise certainly sounds interesting. It fits into the dystopian category even though it’s only 4 years in the future. Riot is set in 2018, England is overpopulated and the government have decided that they will sterilise the unemployed and the uneducated. I think this is a terrifying idea. I think my problem was that it’s only 4 years from now. I found it hard to believe that our society would spiral that low in such a short period of time. Perhaps I have too much faith in society? Perhaps I’m wrong.

What I did like about this book, was that it made me think. It raises some interesting questions and it made me consider if human rights would seriously be lost in the future. It made me consider what would happen if the government didn’t respond to society. So, with this in mind, Riot was a thought-provoking read. I also thought the writing was very strong. It’s a fast-paced, engaging read. It’s just not a book that I really connected with.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- 2.5 stars. I thought it was engaging enough, but I wasn’t invested enough in the story to really enjoy it.

14 thoughts on “Riot

  1. “…………the government have decided that they will sterilise the unemployed and the uneducated” now this sounds scary indeed. I am sorry to hear it did not live up to your expectations :/

  2. yeah…this one I didn’t review this one as I didn’t finish it : / I was bored for most of it and found issues with the “English” setting (aka none of it made any sense, speaking as an English girl myself).

  3. The summary is intriguing, and does make me want to read, so I might take a look into it myself. Though, I’m sorry to hear it did not meet up to what you’d hoped, but glad you liked it enough to finish.

  4. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, Chrissi! I have a copy but have been very reluctant to read it, so I’m not too sure when I will. I trust you!

    Great review, nevertheless!

    • Thank you so much Lucy! I don’t think we can enjoy every book. It would be good if we could! 😀 I wouldn’t overly recommend it if you’re reluctant to read it, as I think it might put you off finishing it. I hope you can get in the right sort of mood to read it!

  5. I read this one ages ago; my thoughts pretty much align with yours. I was disappointed in the characters as well. I mean, I liked her in the beginning but afterwards… oh and that first chapter where they rally and non-violently protested? I LOVED that. Sad that the book didn’t follow in that vein.

    • I’m glad to read that I’m not the only one that felt this way. I felt really bad because my friend that picked it for me, really enjoyed it! I guess we can’t all like the same books. Interestingly enough, I loved the first chapter too.

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