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I Am Alive (I Am Alive, #1)

Author Note: I admit that I Am Alive was not properly edited. A better version will be available by the end of August. To know more click here http://bit.ly/OzH3wP

Every girl dies – not every girl really lives.

Sixteen-year-old Decca Tenderstone feels captivated when she meets gorgeous and reckless Leo, who is arrogant, silent, beautiful, and shoots almost every one he meets.

The usual boring girl meets badboy story … hmm … with a twist …

They live in a dystopian future in Los Angeles where every sixteen-year-old is ranked on a scale from one to ten to determine their future. Outranks, who are considered a danger to society, are forced to attend the Monster Show, a brutal sacrificing ritual that is broadcasted worldwide on live TV, where rebellious teens are labelled Bad Kidz or Monsters and get to fight for their lives in deadly games.

To prove that you’re still alive you have to scream I Am Alive every six hours. Lower your voice, and you’re dead.

Deccaa doesn’t need Leo’s company. She has a secret of her own. While they both can’t stand each other, she will find out why she doesn’t fit into any rank.

Nothing will stand in her way as she has to make choices concerning love, life, staying alive, growing up, and finding out who she really is.

Blurb and cover from Goodreads

To prove that not all my reviews are sparkly, I am including this one of a book I rated 3-stars. As I say below, I think it has great potential, it just needs a bit more editorial work.

Read from August 25 to 31, 2012
This book could be a great book. Fans of The Hunger Games will definitely be intrigued by this one. I think it was a good story, surprisingly original and very engaging. It just needs editing. A lot of editing. The author has announced that a fully-edited version of this story will be released, but I’m reviewing this book “as-is.” 😦

The plot:
I don’t think dystopian is “my thing.” I find myself thinking “that might happen, but not like that” far too often to properly enjoy the stories. This goes back to some boring beliefs about human nature and my own interpretation of Machiavelli (nerdy, right?). Nonetheless, it was a fast-paced, intense plot that could truly sparkle with the right editor to polish it. Though I found the ending a little far-fetched, this is dystopian and anything can happen!

The characters:
I found myself deeply caring about the characters. Decca is determined and intelligent. Watching her come to understand the nature of her world was a journey that I had to see completed.

I especially came to like Pepper and her factual, yet multilayered personality. (The romance between her and Woodsy was so sweet!)

Leo provided a not-so-charming love interest for Decca as well as an intriguing and mysterious persona. I was worried about him just as much, if not more than Decca. (There are two more books, I figured Decca would probably be okay.)

All in all, this book was okay. There were a few things that didn’t make sense and there were a few inconsistencies involving the iAms and Decca’s personality, but I think that those rough edges could be easily smoothed out.

If you are a fan of YA dystopian, I heartily advise you to check out the revised version when it becomes available. I will be looking into the author’s other books for sure. =)