Prior to reading this book, I was VERY excited. The premise was interesting and it seemed like something that McCafferty could write well as she’s written from a teen/young adult’s perspective before. While I don’t dislike this book, I certainly don’t like it very much. There was so much more that could have been done and I was very disappointed with the ending. There was very little resolution.This is one book that definitely calls for an epilogue!
I was also disappointed with the scientific research that McCafferty could easily have done. She provided no insight into the “virus” that causes infertility at the age of 18. I understand that she had to illustrate why teenage girls were the only ones who could become pregnant, but she should have let the reader know how it happened. Even just a quick prologue chapter would have sufficed. The idea of a virus that infects everyone at the age of 18 seems odd to me too. The author could have put a lot of different spins on the concept and could’ve even worked in some conspiracy theories, which may have brought in more readers from an older demographic. She could’ve added in an idea involving the government sterilizing adults due to an increase in birth defects resulting from the increasing trend of women having their first children later in life. She could have even put it in the context that the government wanted to control the population and its’ growth, so they make it seem like everyone over 18 is sterile. I don’t know. It just seemed like there was so much more she could have done, but she didn’t. It read like a book that she threw together at the last minute. Kind of an “Oh shit, the book’s due in two weeks and I’ve only written 10 pages” type of deal.
I was also disappointed with the chosen audience. It was written like it was for a 10-year old girl, but the content is too mature for any female that young to be reading it. She made up slang words that just seemed stupid instead of inventive (Oh sorry, was that comment too “neggy”?). I felt like an idiot reading it and didn’t like that she created her own internet lingo (like the “michat”). I loved her inventiveness when it came to having the “minet” hooked into contact lenses that everyone wears all the time so that you can constantly be aware of others around you and what everyone is doing, but it seemed like it was facebook on steroids – just not enough imagination.
I am saddened to give this book 2 out of 5 stars and the only reason it’s even getting two is because the writing improved a bit near the ending. I was so looking forward to this book and now I’m disappointed.
Long story short: I want my $17.99 back.