The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.
When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?
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I think what surprised me the most about ACID was how much of it was spent in futile explanation. The beginning is awesome, with Jenna showing off how cool she is and what kind of situation she’s in. I also got a good grasp for what her world looked like inside the prison. I admired the way that Pass wrote her fight scenes and the way Jenna thought, but most of all the scenes where Jenna gets sick. There was so much description that I really enjoyed in the first quarter of the story, but–like much of the other good components to this book–that dissolved pretty quickly.
ACID is one of those questions books, where all the author wants to do is torment their main character and the people around them until finally the MC breaks free and goes off to find their own answers. The problem with stories like these for me are that often times, by the time the MC has figured out some of their situation, their questions still far out number their answers and I’ve figured out all the things that the main character has and then some to the point where any information that they get is useless. It was incredibly frustrating to think about all the questions that are asked over the course of the story.
There is so much to this book that is left as an extremely promising, half-baked idea but then is completely wasted and thrown into the flames before those ideas can ever come together and be fully formed. I think that was the most irritating part of ACID and one that I felt was a shame because of how much promise this story had to it. The world-building and plot were unfocused and not detailed as well.
Overall, I think that there are much better books with these types of elements out there. I expected a lot more from ACID than I got and was really disappointed to find that it wasn’t all that it had appeared to be in the first few chapters of the story. If this was a series, I might have been able to continue on just to see if things get better, but unfortunately I wasn’t happy with the ending and there was just too much to this story that wasn’t completed. For fans of this type of world and romance, you might want to try the MATCHED series by Ally Condie. 2 stars.
pg count for the paperback: 431