Saturday, July 06, 2013

Review: Anna 2026 by Lucas Morgan

Title: Anna 2026
Author: Lucas Morgan
Series: N/A
Release Date: July 21, 2012
Publisher: Somnium Books
ISBN13: 9780987369338
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Genre: Adult, sci-fi, dystopia, post-apocalyptic
Source: accepted pitch from author
"They say there is no hope in the Zone; death the only escape for the addicted."

Riley and Anna know the city is getting worse, that the country and the world are headed towards ruin. But like everyone around them, they're content to let the Steadfast Act protect their way of life. They trust the government knows best, that Steadfast will shield them.

When Anna is arrested and deported to a sealed off area of the city, everyone accepts her fate—except Riley. Nothing will stop him from finding his wife; not the machine of a prison he's locked in, not the psychotic gang members, not even the desperate residents of the exclusion zone. Riley will see it through to the end . . . even if he has to pay the highest price imaginable to save the life of his beloved Anna.
Anna 2026 is the story of a man, Riley, and his journey to rescue his wife, who was arrested and deported. While this is considered the norm for those around Riley, he just couldn't let the government take the love of his life away, so he can do nothing except go out and save her himself.

In my opinion, Anna 2026 wasn't as exciting or gripping as I'd like. It didn't have anything that truly stuck out to me to make me stop and think "I really want to go back to reading that instead of doing this." Honestly, I think it has a bit to do with the lack of background information and just how it made me very confused from time to time. While it was a fairly short read, coming in at less than 200 pages, it took me a while to get through it because often I'd have to flip back a few pages to try and run it through my head.

As for Riley's flashbacks, I still have mixed feelings. Sometimes, it wasn't executed as flawlessly as I'd like, making the story only more difficult to piece together, but other times I felt like it was when the author's writing ability truly shone through with emotion. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to make me thoroughly enjoy the story.

I won't say that Anna 2026 is a bad book. If you go onto Goodreads, you'd see that the majority of the readers of Anna 2026 enjoyed the book much more than I did, but this just wasn't the book for me. I was really looking forward to reading another dystopian at the time, coupled with the added factor that it wasn't just a mainstream YA dystopian but one aimed towards an older audience, but it just didn't meet my whole expectation of a read that I particularly liked. Though the debut of Lucas Morgan was less than delightful for me, don't pass it by just on my account. As I (sometimes) say, don't knock it til' you try it.
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