Friday 17 June 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Blurb :

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 has made 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 McNeal’s 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.

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My Musings :

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb was the hook which reeled me in. The premise of a dystopian world, so near our time, in the future where Vestals, technology virgins, exist was so unique and ingenious that I had the thought that I had to read this book period! So did the book satisfy me or disappoint me is the question of the hour.

Blanca is one of the Vestals and she is sold to Cal who uses her for personal gains and reasons. She is a technology innocent and how she comes to better understand the world and her own precarious position is the story which unfolds. The beginning literally went boom with Blanca's action scene and the story started off on a note of fast paced action.

I have to note that I expected Blanca to be meek and submissive from what I understood from the blurb. But she turned out to be manipulative as per her instructions, strong and steadfast in her beliefs. It wasn't easy for her to change my perspective but when she did, she took a strong stand. The side characters like her fellow Vestals could have been given more scenes in my opinion. The story was so focused on Blanca that all others were ignored. That kind of disappointed me. I like side characters who add so much depth to the tale.

Seth and Cal were interesting with their background stories and their interaction with Blanca showcased the world they were in, in detail. It was from their conversations and dialogues that I was able to piece together the intriguing world the author has introduced in this book.

The take on the technology addiction has made me take a second look at myself and my dependence on the various gadgets and internet. This is one premise which seems to be very near our real life. I for one look forward to the sequels and I am sure they will also be fast paced and well thought out like this one.

I recommend this to sci-fi lovers out there. This is one book which would make you sci-fi genre lovers for sure if you aren't.

My rating : 4.5/5

Meet the Author : 

Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. Her debut YA novel, “Genesis Girl” will be published by Month9Books on June 14, 2016, with the sequel releasing in 2017. “Genesis Girl” is about a teenager who has never been on the Internet. Jennifer however, is on the web all the time as “The YA Gal” with over 20,000 followers on Facebook, and 15,000 followers on Instagram. On Facebook, she hosts the weekly instant book club called #TakeALookTuesday where YA Gal friends geek out, share pictures of what they are reading, and chat about books. Jennifer is a member of SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens debut author group, and is founder of Sixteen To Read. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives near Seattle, WA where she enjoys spending time with her family and her poodle, Merlin.

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Giveaway Information: Contest ends July 2, 2016 
One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley (INT)

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