Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
London, in the not too distant future, and people are now divided into Pures and Crazies, according to the results of a DNA test, with the Crazies sectioned off to live within ‘the City’, on the other side of the Community wall. Until the age of fifteen, Ana has lived a privileged existence amongst the Pures, but her whole world crumbles when she finds out that her DNA test was faked, which makes her one of the Crazies. She has just three years before she will be cast out of the Community . . . But Ana meets Pure-born Jasper and is offered a ticket to freedom when he asks her to Join with him. She looks forward to a ‘normal’ life, and fulfilling her dreams of becoming a musician. Then, just a week before the Joining ceremony, Jasper goes missing; it appears he is somewhere in the City, and no one knows why. Ana sets off on his trail, which takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s disappearance Ana uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.
In the not too distant future, England’s population has been divided up. After the discovery of the “Big3” a gene which carries mental health conditions (anxiety, depression and schizophrenia). Since the discovery of the Big3, the population has been divided. Living in a tranquil community are the “Pures” who don’t have this problem gene. Living in the cities are the “Crazies” who have the gene. They may not show any signs yet of the Big3 but they are all carriers.
Ana is caught in the middle. She has been brought up by her father as a Pure but after questioning her mother’s death it turns out that Ana is actually a Crazy. She is a carrier of one of the Big3 mental health conditions. The board who now run England have decided she can still live as a Pure but she must be joined to another Pure before she turns 19. Ana feels lucky as Jasper is willing to be joined to her. But on the first day of their binding, Jasper disappears. Ana is frantic with worry but is trying to keep it hidden as she doesn’t want the board to think her mental health condition has worsened. So without telling anyone she sets off to find him, which leads her to the city and where the story really begins to take shape.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it had a lot of twists which I didn’t see coming, which I loved. At times I wondered what was going to happen next and how the story would finish. I wasn’t disappointed.
I thought this book was quite similar to Pure by Juilanna Baggott with the divide in society and the main characters in each story mix with one another.
I’m delighted to know that there is going to be another book.