As I started this book I found myself asking the question, “how much dystopian YA fiction can one person read?”
According to Gemma Malley we haven’t!
And once I got into her book, I found myself agreeing with her after all.
The Killables is quite bleak and grey during the set-up. I was reminded of ‘1984′ several times and how I felt when I read it (bleak and desperate).
The City that Evie lives in is very controlled, very restricted and joyless. It’s a world where nobody can be trusted or believed.
It takes a while for the action to get going and for the reader to truly engage with the characters, but it does happen.
Malley has been successful in creating a future world that we wouldn’t want to go to.
The second half of the book races along with lots of action, tension and a little romance. There is no OMG cliffhanger, but apparently this is the first book of a (you guessed it!) trilogy.
Parental alert: there is one extremely discrete sex scene – even I almost missed it!