Book: The Limit by Kristen Landon
Genre: MG Dystopian
For: Utah Book Month
From: I bought this one at a book festival last year.... I think.
It was an interesting experience reading a middle grade dystopian story. I felt the distress of the characters situation, but without the trauma that one usually finds in these sorts of books. And the ending was nicely wrapped up and left me with a hopeful feeling. Not many dystopians do that. They are always very much depressing!
Anyway, so this one is about a society a little bit, but not very much, in the future. Basically, money has been eliminated and everyone has an account, which is accessed by scanning the person's eye. Yes. And if you go over your limit, then you are in SO much trouble! In fact, they take a kid from your family away to work until they've worked off the overage. At least, that's the idea.
So of course the kid in this story gets sent to the work house, (because he has crazy parents who don't seem to care about their limit... sound familiar and or possible?) which surprisingly turns out to be a not-so-bad place. But then he starts wondering... what's REALLY going on? His parents, boy oh boy, they don't have a clue! Talk about some awful parents. Sheesh. Well, maybe they are trying, but seriously, I can't even imagine behaving the way they do. So it's all up to this kid to help himself out of this situation.
However, the kid is pretty much a genius and he can do this! And it's fun to see how he figures out the mystery of this place he's been sent to. He's made some decent friends in there, and they help him along the way.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed this one! A fun and interesting story.
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