FLOOR 21 by Jason Luthor
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book for review as a part of YA Bound Book Tours*
You know sometimes how you sit and wonder about the world and how it came to be? Now imagine, growing up inside a tower, yes a freaking tower, mind you a rather big tower, and not knowing how or why you've ended up living there. What happened to the world, who made the tower, are there other humans out living in other towers? Our main character is a 17 year old girl named Jackie, she thinks these things all the time, yet she is not allowed to question anything, in fact technically it is a crime to think any thoughts that could go against the towers authority. If you are caught doing so, you go in to reinforcement, which is something no one wants to go through, because the you that comes out is not the same as the one that went in.
Life in this tower is not fair, as most dictatorships are not. Each floor getting less and less, and more darker and dangerous. Floor 1, is top secret no one is allowed to go there. Floor 2, is basically church, where they gather to on Sevenths day, to here about the Darkness. Floor 3 the laboratories and then floor 4 is where Jackie and her parent's live, they are scientist, they are a little more lucky then others. You are not allowed to past floor 21, it is dangerous and there is this thing, this living like muscle mass thing called the Creep and if you touch it you can hallucinate and start to see demons in the shadow, how it really came to be we don't know but it has something to do with the Darkness that occurred and made the world as it is now. The only reason why people know that the world was not always like this is because of the scavengers that go down below, bringing up food and sometimes movies and games, sometimes items that no one ever gets to know about because they go directly to floor 1.
I have to say that the concept of this story is pretty good, it was really interesting. Jackie I found annoying, but it wasn't her fault. Now to explain myself. the character she was actually an interesting character but the author's way of making her express herself in how she spoke was less then enjoyable. I really don't think that's how someone with her head would speak. I mean yes she is a 17 year old girl but not all 17 year old girls talk that way. It felt like the author was going out of his way to make us remember that yes this was a teenager or that this was honestly how they though all girls of that age spoke. I understand that we are reading "recordings" and she is talking to well herself, just something about it stood out to me as grating. But that is just me. Another issue I feel I should bring up is this error, Jackie mentions how a guys asks her out on a date and well part of her reasoning not to go out with with the guy is because he is on a lower floor and wouldn't able to come to higher floors, yet her best friend lives on floor 8 and she is up at her place many times. I don't know if when reading I overlooked something but if not then that really stayed with me the whole time and if I did over look something I apologize now to the author for pointing it out.
I had mentioned earlier that when reading we are reading recordings and that is basically the whole book, but it is broken up into parts at first it is Jackie's then it moves on to Commander Vicks while he is out scavenging. It was done well to a degree, at times it wasn't written like a recording as they are describing the events, taking place. It felt like it was in the present tense rather the past. It never took away from the enjoyment of the story, just something that stood out to me.
I'm going to conclude this rather long winded review, give it a 3.5 rating and say over all I liked it and I would hope there will be a second part.
by Jason Luthor
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on traveling into the tower's depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose greatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?
Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.
His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
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