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With microchips implanted in their skulls at birth, the slaves of Cantral and Cillineese have labored under the tyrannical rule of the nobles and their computers for decades. Monica, a noble who avoided the implanting and escaped a death sentence at the age of four, is now sixteen. She has risked life and limb to free the inhabitants of Cillineese, but the computers still rule the rest of the world.
Now she must journey to Cantral and take the identity of her dying cousin, Amelia, to infiltrate the Nobles’ world in the guise of a teenager who is a master computer programmer. Because of her childhood living among the slaves of Cantral, Monica knows little about programming and must improvise to stay alive.
The fate of millions rides on Monica’s shoulders. As the only chip-less person in the world, she must convince the Council of Eight of her innocence, destroy the computers, and free the world from the nobles before they discover her ruse.
Series: The Cantral Chronicles (Book 2)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Living Ink Books, an imprint of AMG Publishers (August 7, 2012)
Page Count: 464
What I liked: After reading the first book, I actually enjoyed this one more. The book has a similar yet different feel than the first. There was a more concrete cast in this one and I liked that Monica had more allies. It still had the gritty aspect of the first but with more subtly and infiltration.
Being around techies most of my life I liked the whole aspect with tampering with the chips and all about coding and such. I try to keep my reviews spoiler free so I'm not going to give anything away here. ;) I also liked the more established villain with insane hacking abilities. You don't see too many hacker villains.
The ending had a great and hopeful twist that shocked me, and I'm always that person in the back who predicts the outcome of a movie while watching it.
What I didn't like: Poor Monica still gets beaten up black and blue which I don't know if that is a definite dislike, but I do feel awfully sorry for her. It'd be nice to see her without bandages haha.
Content Cautions: There are some intense elements and some gore in some parts, but no worse than a PG-13 rating.
Overall I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the third installment. :) I give it four stars. :)
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