Sunday, June 8, 2014

One Fine Day by Kat Ross Review

Title: One Fine Day
Author: Kat Ross
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A refreshingly different dystopian debut, I really enjoyed One Fine Day--highly recommended for dystopian fans!

This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Meet Jansin Nordqvist, the resident darling of our story. She knows what everyone does: When the surface world flooded from freak weather, there was no one left on the surface. She is content with her life: She knows her place and knows she will go on to succeed in the safe society in which she resides. But when a family vacation to the surface goes horribly awry, Jansin realizes that not only was she lied to, but that love and friendship are not nearly as far away as she thinks.. That is, if she lives to see it all through..

What I enjoyed:
-I really liked the stark, cold, and frightening world that Jansin lives in--it was really creepy, stifling, and yet I could easily imagine why people would choose such a lifestyle after what happened
-Jansin herself, the girl who is so sure about her course in life--her character development was rich and realistic, and I really enjoyed it
-The contrast between surface people--cold, sometimes ruthless survivors--and the underground residents, almost spoiled and pampered in their dystopian society
-Will, Banjeree, and the rest of the surface dwellers--I really grew to love them, Will especially
-The relationship between Will and Jansin, heated and yet fraught with serious problems
-Jansin's parents
-I really enjoyed all the twists and turns--though it was a little slow at first, it picked up toward the end and there was no putting it down
-The toads--that was genius, and I felt so bad for them
-The ending

What could've been better:
-At the beginning the pacing could've done with some work
-The idea of the hypercanes was just a bit too far-fetched for me and I had a hard time picturing it
-Jake, Rebekah, and most of the other underground residents

Overall, I really enjoyed One Fine Day--a solid debut! Next on deck: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart!

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