Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: The Limit by Kristen Landon

Title: The Limit
Author: Kristen Landon
Page #'s: 291
Cybil Book # 21

Author Website

Book Description from author website
With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn’t let up for a moment. In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit–and to change his reality forever.

My Thoughts

BOOM! Two great reads in a row. I loved this book. I don't know if it is one that everyone will enjoy or if it will even make it past the Cybil Shortlist, but I really, really, enjoyed this novel. It was funny because I was going back and looking through my three notepads of notes where I write down book titles to read and other misc. info and I had this book title written down like three times. It was a sign.

The whole setting was right up my alley. This whole future age concept of taking kids for collateral for spending too much money. Things being a little too good to be true. Computer geeks like me. Technology, action, suspense, and just a great twist with an ending that I liked.

This book reminded me of Trackers by Patrick Carman and a little bit of Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Not sure why, but the idea is something that I could see actually happening in some weird way. The main character was a good one where he continued to test the waters and the limit to find out what was going on. I want to tell in detail what I really liked, but am afraid it would give too much away. So, if you like anything that I have mentioned above or any of the two books that I have compared it to, then you will love this book.  This one is going on my Cybil Shortlist where I hope it holds up.
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