Extraction (Extraction #1)
What I Loved:
One of my favorite elements of this story is the realistic ferocity of Clementine’s world. Death and survival are key factors, especially when it comes to what one would do to stay away from the first one. Even before Clementine goes to the Core, this world is clearly one where you must prioritize yourself if you want to have even a chance of living. Particularly in the beginning, Clementine displays the humanity in having a survival instinct.
Though Logan isn’t present for much of the story, I love the interactions between him and Clementine. There are no love triangles, just a simple and powerful connection between these two that readers see immediately. They are each other’s protectors, and you can feel their bond even when they’re apart.
What Left Me Wanting More:
The execution of the plot could be stronger. Clementine goes from believing in the Core as a positive place to outright rebelling against it rather quickly, especially considering what she has already done to stay there. Much of the plot is also very familiar for the dystopian/sci-fi genre. The reader can guess nearly the entire course of the book from the beginning, down to the last secretly rebellious character.
Towards the end, Clementine also takes a sharp shift in her character from focusing on surviving to extreme self-sacrifice without much buildup. She nearly develops a hero complex that takes away from some of her earlier depth and originality.
Though there are flaws, EXTRACTION is an enjoyable and high action beginning to an intriguing series.
"This place is freedom and suffocation at the same time."
Does something sounds familiar? Compare this plot to Pawn, The Testing or even The Hunger Games and you will find a lot of similarities.
Extraction started slow but soon was full of action. Boy Clementine loves left on the surface, sneaky people with bad intentions, dreams crumbling, exploration of awesome toys at Core, new friends, floating in zero gravity, diving, …. It’s never boring and something new is happening all the time.
Extraction seemed too childish at times. Big Bad Wolf was made of President Charley. On the other side Clementine was all-knowing. For every situation she has the necessary skills to miraculously save the day. And even when she fumbles - she does something completely crazy and wins. (*kahm* firing into the air at simulation game *kahm*). I wish she had to work harder to achieve things. Nothing in real life could be so black and white.
In The End…
Dystopia has been a very popular genre for young adult novels in a last couple of years. It’s hard to write something new. Stephanie Diaz, by design or accidentally, took a safer route. She didn’t try to break any new borders and used familiar dystopian plot elements. So, Extraction maybe will not blow your mind but will be enjoyable read while it lasts.
Recommended for: All who can never get tired of dystopian genre
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.