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ARC Review: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Posted November 28, 2014 by Nori in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Rite of Rejection
Sarah Negovetich
Release Date: December 4, 2014
Received From: Netgalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Before you stands the future.”

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancĂ© she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

 


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Rite of Rejection. …to say that I was disappointed would be putting it mildly. I read the synopsis on Netgalley and thought that it sounded amazing. After all, it was a dystopian novel, but it sounded unique in the sense that the main character, Rebecca, was labeled a potential criminal and sent to a penal colony. I assumed that the streets would be crime ridden and there would be a decent amount of action scenes. But no, not at all. I do think that the author did a good job of describing the PIT, but to be honest, I wasn’t scared of the PIT. Sure, there were a couple of frightening scenes, but not many.

Now, before you read my huge rant, let me tell you a little something about me. I like reading books where the main characters are adding and willing to stand up for what they believe in. I despise characters who are extremely whiny and don’t want to put in effort to achieve a goal. Sometimes stories with Cinderella and Prince Charming characters can be cute, but only if the Cinderella character has a backbone and doesn’t depend on the Prince for everything. Unfortunately, Rebecca was one of those dependent characters. She was a crybaby who whined and could never make up her mind. She always needed Eric or Daniel, no matter what the problem was.

This leads me to my next issue with Rite of Rejection: the romance, or should I call it the insta-love that aggravated me to pieces. The romance just didn’t work in this book, not at all for me. First of all, there were a lot of moments where I just stared at the ebook, cringed, and thought, “really?” If you haven’t noticed from my reviews, I normally don’t mind love triangles. They don’t really bother me, as long as something is unique about them. But there is one thing that does aggravate me with romance, and that is insta love that doesn’t make sense. How is it that Rebecca felt extremely attracted to Eric and was thinking about their wedding plans in the beginning, yet she was also attracted to Daniel? No, if you’re going to have a love triangle, have a love triangle. If you’re going to have insta love, have insta love. But please don’t combine both and try to make it work. It doesn’t work!

Okay, rant over. I definitely think that there will be some readers who love this book, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. If you don’t mind Cinderella characters and insta love, you will probably like this book!

I give this book 2/5 stars.


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