I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dissolution by Lee S. Hawke
on March 25th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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What would you sell yourself for?
Madeline knows. She’s spent the last eighteen years impatiently waiting for her Auctioning so she can sell herself to MERCE Solutions Limited for a hundred thousand credits. But when the Auctioneer fails to call her and two suits show up at her doorstep, Madeline discovers there are far worse bargains to be made.
So when your loved ones are in danger, there’s a bounty on your head and your entire city might turn out to be a lie… what would you sell yourself for?
Science fiction is my jam. So when I run across a story with a fascinating premise and stellar characters, I obviously want more!
…which is where I run into a serious issue. There isn’t any more. Dissolution is a quick read, giving just the briefest of glimpses into a futuristic world, where humans literally have a value. Like, here’s a check, now give me my human. Because it was so short, there simply wasn’t enough time to go into detail about how the world became this way. The desolation of the world-as-we-know-it is hinted at, but never fully explored. I find myself wondering if there really is more to tell, or if the beauty is in the blank space, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions.
At the beginning of the story, we’re introduced to Madeline, who seems to have some abnormal bodily reactions going on… but I was to know WHY or HOW this happened! What’s going on?! Her understanding of the world is shattered in a moment, and in the collapse, she is forced to run for her life. I absolutely love that she is technologically minded, able to use ingenious creative thought in her escape.
The story also causes the reader to delve into the painful debate of human worth. Who is to say that one person is worth more than another, based on nothing more than a few tests. There is something to be said for individuality, and we need more people to say it.
And now? My only hope is that I can send out a plea to the author to divulge some of the secrets behind the story, or in an ideal world, to write a second story.