Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Torturer's Daughter by Zoe Cannon Review

Title: The Torturer's Daughter
Author: Zoe Cannon
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Internal Defense, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A chilling, frightening dystopian novel that completely had me hooked, I really enjoyed The Torturer's Daughter, despite some flaws.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review

Becca Dalcourt is the daughter of the dystopian's regime's most famous torturer. She's never really thought much of her mother's job, but when she gets a call in the middle of the night from her best friend, Heather, who has been put in prison for being a dissident, everything changes. She finds herself questioning everything she has believed. Digging deeper into her mother's job and trying to make sense of her world now turning upside down, she discovers that some sacrifices must be made for freedom..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the creepy, chilling tone the author uses to paint her dystopian setting--I got chills more than once
-The pacing of this novel was absolutely breakneck at all times--I couldn't put it down
-Becca, the main character, at first believing in the government--and more closely, her mother--but then realizing that this way of life can't go on
-Becca's mother, the torturer, and the mom, undeniably human and yet a villain all the same
-The creepy, horrific, scary environment that Becca lives in
-The ending

What could've been better:
-I wish the reader had been told how the world ended up that way--for me, that's part of the enjoyment of dystopian novels

I really enjoyed The Torturer's Daughter, despite some minor flaws--it was wonderful! Next on deck: The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh!

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