Socialpunk Book Review and Giveaway (Ends 4/30)

Julie and I were given the opportunity to review .  It is the first book in her trilogy and here is a quick synopsis from the author…Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
Samantha’s Review…First, let me say that I really enjoyed this book.  There were a lot of great plot twist and turns and it always flowed quickly without any lulls.  The basic storyline could be compared to a lot of YA Fiction right now with the main characters fighting back against a repressive and controlling society, but Monica writes with a fresh and different perspective.  I love that she has created dual worlds that have never known the other existed till now. I am also fascinated with how people picture what the future will be like.  It was fun to see how Monica portrayed the future in Socialpunk.  There was a lot of technology but with a very human element.  I thought it was very unique. 
I always enjoy a good teenage love triangle and this book delivers with not just a love triangle, but a love square. There are a few parts of the book that are not suitable for a younger crowd, but I don’t recall Monica using any foul language in the book which I really appreciated. 
This book was too short for me, but I love to devour books, and I am sad when I finish a book too quickly.  I am very glad that there are two more books in this story because I am dying to know what is going to happen next.  
Julie’s Review…When I first started reading Socialpunk, I was a little concerned it would be like every other dystopian novel I’ve been reading lately. However, I was drawn in immediately by the intriguing setting – a virtual reality sci-fi world described creatively and colorfully! Ima, the main character, is compellingly drawn, and I was engaged by her story the entire way. Although both the virtual reality world and the futuristic “real” world are vastly different that our own, the details provided helped me clearly see the scenes and kept the story interesting! The author’s writing style is clear and crisp, with strong action and movement of the plot – there weren’t really any places where I felt the story dragging, which made for an exciting, fast-paced read!
The love story / triangles in the book were nicely handled – nothing too sappy-sweet or unrealistic, although there are several suggestive scenes and references parents might want to be aware of before passing this to younger teens.

While I was fascinated with the overall themes, characters and plot, I found myself a little disappointed that Ima chooses an “upgrade” rather than working out her own deficiencies through pure grit. This part of the story reminded me of the Uglies series in a way… (which is a good thing as I loved that series!). Also the ending… while it left me wanting more, felt like it could’ve had a more solid finish while I wait for the next book to come out!
I think teens and adults alike will enjoy reading this book and the ones that are promised to follow. 
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Thank You to Monica Leonelle for the e-books of Socialpunk and for sponsoring this great giveaway. 
All opinions expressed in this review are 100% our own!
~Samantha and Julie

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