November 28, 2012

Review: Darklandia by T.S. Welti

Manhattan, 2147

Seventeen-year-old Sera Fisk gleefully celebrates the death of her 114-year-old great-grandmother, the last Atraxian alive who still remembers what New York was like before Felicity.

There is only one principle of Felicity: Suffering is optional. Those who disagree or forget this principle, as Sera's father did, are detained and "purified". Through the use of the Darklandia virtual reality and mandatory water rations, the Department of Felicity has transformed metropolises all over the country into happy, obedient communities.

Inspired by her great-grandmother's last words, Sera stops drinking the water rations and is soon recruited by Nyx into a rebel organization in the midst of planning a full-scale attack on Darklandia. When Nyx attempts to override the Darklandia system, he stumbles upon shocking information about Sera and her family. After years of living in a haze of virtual reality and drugs, Sera finds herself running from a powerful surge of raw emotions and a government agency intent on keeping reality a secret.

My Thoughts:
In my opinion the book started out kind of sketchy. The action just started up with no buildup or character development but once I had a clear idea of what was going on and who the main players were I quickly got sucked into the story.

The future laid out in the book is very realistic. In most dystopian stories I find the trajedy of the future a little hard to swallow but the Felicity way of life actually seems like a possibility to me. That alone made the book a bit more enjoyable than other dystopian novels I've read.

I've seen a few reviews that has people genuinly upset over the ending but I actually enjoyed it. It made me want to go back to the beginning to see If I missed any of the signs.

My Recommendation:
I recommend this one for all dystopian readers.