Sep 17, 2013

Book Review: Acid - Emma Pass

Title: Acid
Author: Emma Pass
Release Date: April 25th 2013
Publisher: Corgi Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Finished copy borrowed from Precious at Fragments of Life
2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID – the most brutal, controlling police force in history – rule supreme. No throwaway comment or muttered dissent goes unnoticed – or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a bloody crime she struggles to remember.
The only female inmate in a violent high-security prison, Jenna has learned to survive by any means necessary. And when a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID – and to uncover the truth about what really happened on that dark night two years ago.
My, my, my—what a read! Acid is definitely one of the most shocking books I've ever read. It had me in its grip right from page one and took me to one hell of a dystopian ride; it didn't lack the complexity that I look for in books.

Jenna Strong. Strong, Jenna: yep, that's exactly what she was. No damsel in distress here, people. She was always fierce and brave yet she never came across as heartless, only unforgiving. Her levelheadedness showed in the midst of all the crazy twists and turns that the story took, and I just really admired her. She's definitely up there in the "List of Kickass Heroines" along with Katniss, Hermione, and Tris.

The simple and direct writing was perfect for Jenna's violent and unpredictable story. There were even extra stuff like news reports between chapters that made it easier to envision this futuristic UK. Also, I like how the romance complicated the plot nicely and not irritatingly. It wasn't anything swoon-worthy—though it did have its moments—but it also didn't feel unnecessary to the story and, in Jenna's harsh life, it was as real as it could get.

I remember having two problems with this book: first, I felt like the pace could have been amped up a tad bit more, and second, it wasn't quite explained how they changed Jenna's face twiceyes, twiceand then managed to revert it back to the original. (This isn't spoiler-y, I swear; her face is the least of her worries.) Also, with the volume of dystopian series out there, I had my doubts with just how standalone Acid would be, and like I'd guessed, the story was wrapped up nicely but with an obvious possibility of a sequel—not that I'm complaining.

I RECOMMEND THIS TO fans of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. 



  1. A strong female heroine? SOLD. There's nothing more amazing to read than a female MC who's not the least bit frightened of fighting for what she believes in, and sadly, we don't read about much these days.

    I'm assuming the ending isn't a cliffhanger?

    Great review, Kazhy! :)

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant


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