18 Jan 2015

Review - Purenet by H. J. Lawson

Title: Purenet

Author: H. J. Lawson

Rating: 4/5


Purenet is one of six wealthy Sanctions, formed by the Emperor and the Untouchables after a devastating world war.
Only those born in Purenet have the privilege of living under the dome, protecting their bodies from the sun’s deadly UVA rays.

Skylier is desperate to escape her underground confines and save her mother’s life.

On a school visit, she hears something she’s not supposed to, and now she realizes that not only is her whole life a lie, but she is in grave danger… She doesn’t know who to trust, and her enemies are everywhere… even closer than she realizes.

Now she is in a race against time to save not only her life, but her mother’s and those she cares about. And if she fails, she’ll suffer a fate worse than death…”

I received an e-copy of Purenet from the Author in exchange of an honest review.

My thoughts:

I'm glad I'm one of those lucky people who got an ARC copy of Purenet. Wonderful dystopian fiction with fresh ideas and a gripping storyline; that is what it is.

Skylier lives in tunnels under the ground with her community to spare herself from the dangerous UVA rays of the Sun. There is a safe place above ground – Purenet, the city under the dome –, from where she, her family and the ’outsiders’ are locked out for various reasons. There are only two ways to ’win’ a chance to live in Purenet: she can become a Host (give birth to children of the aristocracy and then give them away willingly) or become a bazi (aka a concubine).

All Skylier wants is to stay with her family and take care of her ill mother, but soon after catching a conversation on a school trip to Purenet she becomes entangled in a fight between brother and brother and she realizes her life would never be the same.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an action-packed book as this one. There was always something going on and when I thought I knew what was about to happen, a totally different thing happened. Twists, twists, twists – there were a lot of them and they kept surprising me.

I loved the scifi-esque setting, the futuristic world this book introduced. There are cruel conditions outside Purenet, but for admitted outsiders life doesn’t seem to be that much easier under the dome either.

The idea of the Sun turning against the population of Earth is very scary, and sadly, not an unthinkable image of the future. In the beginning of the story our heroine has this harsh environment to live in and on the top of it comes all the trouble she gets into.

There are some lovely characters in Purenet, but I especially liked the villain, Xander, who is a very well-shaped, well-written, nasty evil-doer. He doesn’t budge and is determined to fulfil his plans concerning Skylier even after he gains information that would make any other think the matter over twice before acting on it…

The characters, the world, the twists are all wonderful, yet I gave Purenet four stars, because the fact that it was so fast paced wasn’t only an advantage, but a bit of a disadvantage as well in my opinion. I so wanted it to be longer, I’d like to have read more details and to stay with the characters for another 100 pages or so… Being short as it was, despite how much I enjoyed all the action, the plot seemed rushed sometimes.

Aside from this little ’fault’, I can’t say enough how good Purenet was. Every dystopian and sci-fi fan should read it!

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