(5/5 stars) This is a great sci-fi romp with colorful characters, lots of adventure and intrigue. The world-building is intricate without getting too nerdy and even though there’s a strong element of “social justice” throughout, I didn’t feel like it got too preachy. I also appreciate that although this is very clearly a first book in a series, it feels complete. I could read just this one and not feel like I’m missing anything. But I enjoyed the characters and the universe, so I will very likely come back to the other books in the series.
SUMMARY: (5 of 5 stars) I’d never even heard of this book until a friend mentioned it on Facebook as an example of dystopian fiction, but apparently all of my friends have and they loved it. I did not enjoy reading this book because it’s horrifying and painful to read, but it’s a good book and a very quick read.
It’s the story of a boy who is born into a society of near-perfect equality, but is assigned the role of “Receiver” for his community. And in training for his life’s work, he starts to understand all sorts of horrible things about life there.