Note: I read the full novel, not the six-chapter preview.
Official rating: 2.5/5
The system needs your data…
Finding out the day you’re going die and how it will happen doesn’t sound like much of a birthday present to Rae. But it’s been that way for everyone since the cryptograph was introduced.
A complex biological algorithm developed by award-winning scientists, the system can determine with precise accuracy the expiry date of every human being on the planet. Everyone is tested at sixteen, but Rae decides to opt out while she still can. Death is inevitable and despite what everyone thinks, when or how shouldn’t matter. It’s not right to label or categorize people according to their longevity – like Transients who have less than ten years left to live and are thus considered useless to society, Interims who are grudgingly tolerated, or Constants who are automatically considered elite.
But when Rae’s intentions to avoid the test are impeded and she is determined Transient, she, aided by a hacker known as Apollo, sets out to thwart the cryptograph and prove to the world that the system is rigged.
This book was interesting, it had a concept that was new (to me) while the writing had some issues. It did have descriptive language, but also mistakes in grammar, missing words, incorrect usage, and different characters without much depth. It felt like I was reading a book about children in 5th or 6th grade, it wasn’t written realistically, and the plot would have been good if it was delivered correctly. The definition of “sprinkle” to me is a light amount of something. In the mind of a two-year-old, “sprinkle” means to take handfuls of some object because “a little bit tasted/was good, so a lot will taste/be better!!” The plot wasn’t “sprinkled” with clichés unless you have the two-year-old definition of “sprinkle”. This whole book was a cliché with a cover on it.
Rae wasn’t one of the worse heroines in the book world, but certainly not the best either. She doesn’t want to take her cryptograph, because she doesn’t want to know when she’ll die and what she’ll die from. (I understand that she thinks it’s unfair to label people based on their lifespan and she’s partially correct. I wouldn’t want to know that people felt that I was “useless to society” if I had less than ten years to live. But what I don’t understand is who decided that people who have less than ten years left to live are useless and why did they decide that? What’s the point besides dragging someone’s self-esteem down over something they can’t control? And what kind of system can be immediately destroyed if one person doesn’t take their cryptograph? A pretty poorly put together system.)