Overall Score: 8/10
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Series: Yes, Book 1
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Source: Bought (ebook)
Book Summary (From GoodReads)
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.
Genesis Girl takes place in a near-modern world where technology has become incredibly ingrained in everyday life. In fact, individuals wear finger-chips in order to have constant access to the internet. Tabula Rasa is an organization that produces individuals with absolutely zero digital footprint for companies to use as models. Blanca is about to graduate when a Virus (a blogger) takes a picture of her and uploads it, jeopardizing her entire future.
While the world-building was slightly confusing at the beginning, I thought that the premise of this book was very interesting and unique. Even after I finished this book, I continued to think about the role that technology plays in my life and how it affects my relationships with others. I enjoyed how the author slowly peeled back the layers of Blanca’s world for the reader. She did an excellent job of showing how Tabula Rasa (which is essentially a cult) had affected Blanca and how she struggled to find herself.
The secondary characters could have been better fleshed-out, however the focus of this book was truly Blanca. I am intrigued to see how the secondary characters develop in future installations of this series given events at the end of this book. As far as the plot goes, the pacing was good and there were some twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. While this book did have some flaws, I’m excited to read the sequel and see where the author takes the story next.