I finished the majority of this book in one day, which I’d say is a testament to Dan Wells’s writing.
Yes, this was a YA novel. But you know what, every now and then you need to kick back, relax, and have a little fun. I thought the pacing was well-done (I never felt I had to stop reading), and my initial qualms were quickly set aside as I dove right into this awesome book. Being YA, the conversations felt real and emotion played out in a way that you don’t see in most other books. No pretentious writing, just talking as you would regularly.
What particularly intrigued me were some of the ideas brought forth about security and civil rights in the face of potential species extinction.
“I’m sick of hearing about everyone’s civil rights and everyone’s privacy and everyone’s inviolable power of choice. We either solve our problems or we go extinct – there is nothing in between. And if we’re going to go extinct, I don’t want it to be because Xochi Kessler was too worried about her rights to pitch in a save us”
This made me think about an issue plaguing us today: climate change. I think the biggest roadblock to positive climate action is people’s unwillingness to give up their own personal comfort. Until we’re ready to do away with heated patios in the winter, being able to drive anywhere we want cheaply (without paying the true environmental cost), and our obsession with consumerism, I don’t think the problem will go away.
Does this mean I’m in favour of government action that restricts the freedoms of citizens for a larger societal goal? I’m not sure yet, but I’m leaning towards yes…
Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox. Well done Dan, now I can’t wait for his highly-lauded I am not a serial killer series!