Mon, May 30, 2011
By Katie Kacvinsky
May 23, 2011
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 320 pages
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
— Amazon.com description
The book follows a young girl caught in a future reality in which almost all human interaction is digitized. School, relationships, even going on walks or out to the movies, all happen from the comfort of your home computer. Even when people are together, they rarely look up from their smartphones to have a serious conversation.
So, warning: Do not read this book on your Kindle, Nook or other e-reader. It will make you feel very, very uncomfortable. I even feel weird talking about it online. I need to go door-to-door, singing its praises or something.
And oh, how I want to sing them!
It’s a frighteningly realistic future, and there’s definitely a moral here. But the book is never preachy.
Instead, it’s wild and exciting and romantic. I don’t even want to say more. I want you to go order this stunning debut so I have people to talk to about it. Even if it is online.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for my review copy of this book.
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