This is the first book in the series written for Young Adults. I would like to start out saying, the book was disturbing on many levels and BENT. It is also Broken and possibly a Healing book. I put it in the Bent section, which I rarely read, but this one was for YA's and is very popular with my friends at the moment so curiosity won. My 12 year old son already read it and he didn't like it but couldn't tell me why. Now I know, it has an evil underlining the situation the story is placed in. It didn't come around in the end and get resolved it just left you there wondering what happens next and what could be changed in this hopeless situation. Sadly, the worst parts of the book are portrayed as except-able, where in reality, they are horrible. Death, murder and violence on this level would be rated R in the movie industry, yet the way it was written it subtly would get away with pg-13 and you would walk away with a bad taste in your mouth.
The character telling the story is very likable. I felt sorry for her and her situation. I cheered for her and cried for her. I even saw why she made the choices she did to survive. I sympathized for the other important character despite not knowing his feelings or thoughts most of the time. He seemed to be genuinely trying to choose the right. There is definitely that appealing love triangle going on in this series, like in the "Twilight Saga" but more innocent.
The book had adventure and a bit of science fiction when you get into the advanced technology of this era of the world's future. This left you on your toes. Some of the styles and medical technology reminded me of the "Uglies Triology" books by Scott Westerfeld.
I don't like unhappy endings and I can't get this book out of my head. I will read the second one to see if some of the conflicts are resolved.
BENT, Broken, Healing