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.Revolution by Jessica Frances
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: the author
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I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.
In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.
There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.
In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.
What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.
The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.
Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.
My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.
I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.
It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.
I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.
I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.
My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.
I’m really torn about how to review this. I’m telling you up front, I very nearly put it down when I was only 3% of the way in, because of a severe lack of contractions (but maybe that’s supposed to be like a future culture thing?). But I decided to give it a few more pages to see if could hook me… and that is exactly what happened. About 1/4 of the way through, I still wasn’t entirely sold, but I liked where it was headed, and I really wanted to know how it would end. The longer I read, the more attached I became to the characters, and the more invested I was in the outcome. Needless to say, it had a great build to it. The pace, which started off slow, really packed in the action in those last chapters. It was basically “Now that you care for these characters, we’re gonna shake things up a bit.”
Revolution had an interesting choice of narrative. We’re told in the first few pages that Johnny is actually dead, and Tilly is quickly on the run. The chapters alternate between Present Day Tilly, and Past Johnny. The past chapters demonstrated how it was to grow up in a family torn between a racist father (though technically, he’s against humans, not races… antihumanist?), and an open-minded, caring sister. Because I knew in advance that disaster was coming, it allowed a certain tension to seep into his chapters. Tilly’s chapters, on the other hand, allowed a different perspective, more centered around the outside world. She had been abused constantly by her “owner”, Joseph, but never came across as being skittish or traumatized. Maybe being cared for by Charlotte and Johnny was enough to offset the PTSD that would undoubtedly occur? That kind of reaction was only seen in the peripheral characters, mentioned in passing.
The overall structure of the book was spot on. Fantastic editing! There was a small amount of repetition, the same thoughts mentioned over several chapters, but nothing I couldn’t get past. But it’s the message that I find the most important to mention. Revolution carries a significantly weighty moral, about tolerance and understanding. In this case, it’s hugely exaggerated compared to what we experience on a daily basis, but maybe it needs to be blown out of proportion in order to make people see what’s been in front of their faces the whole time. I truly hope that readers take that message to heart.
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