Where to start with this one…it’s tough because I haven’t decided if I like it yet. I can’t decide if I like the simple child-like slang because it feels familiar or feel like the author is being condescending. I can’t decide if I think the plot was unbearably predictable or very life-like (epic plot twists and turns usually do not happen in everyday life). I do respect that he took on body image and did so without being preachy and dogmatic one way or the other. Sadly, he didn’t achieve that same level of un-bias with regards to environmental issues. I mean he had a point about a society that destroyed nature and that being less than ideal, but I felt like he was one chained-to-a-tree hippie away from an environmentalist commercial. The vapid shallowness of the pretties was well done because it was in so many ways accurate. However, I felt insulted in behalf of intelligent teenagers everywhere. And maybe that was the point. And I really, really want a solar-powered hoverboard now. Just saying.
I have been informed that the rest of the series becomes more philosophical and I’m looking forward to that. I can put up with a generic plot for a great ethical discussion on body image anyday. Review of the rest of the series to follow when I get around to reading it.