Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, published June 14th, 2016, via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
This book started out with such a great premise, and it had a truly promising start. All I can say is that the writing got to me. Maybe it’s because Blanca’s character hasn’t been exposed to the internet, but I don’t think there’s a correlation between flowing writing and use of the internet.
While I was reading Genesis Girl, I generally felt uncomfortable. I never lost myself in the world of modern Vestal Virgins and internet addiction. With every page, I distinctly knew that I was reading a book, and that’s not how I love my books.
The writing was halted, and the dialogue felt unnatural.
But maybe I could use those words to describe everything I found wrong with the book.
The pacing is hardly worth mentioning, and the plot flat-out didn’t work. I thought there was a lot to work with, but the direction Genesis Girl started going in really wasn’t what I was looking for. It went around in circles, and really? I didn’t care. It all felt like petty drama, cheap thrills, repetitive scenes, and not enough of actually knowing what was going on.
By the way, this is an instalove. For absolutely no reason, Blanca and this boy start getting involved in… okay, love isn’t the word for it. I wasn’t entirely sure if Blanca liked him? which goes back to lack of clarity.
Bottom line, there isn’t much to say. I do think that how much you enjoy this one is based off of personal preference and interpretations, so if you’re still willing to try it, I would urge you to borrow Genesis Girl or read a sample of it before buying. There’s a lot of great books out there and not enough time to read bad ones. While I had high hopes for it, Genesis Girl‘s writing, plot, pacing, and characters felt completely unnatural and it wasn’t the book for me. 1 star.
Series: Blank Slate #1