Monday, 23 February 2015

Tour: Remote by Lisa Acerbo

Title: Remote
Author: Lisa Acerbo
From: Review Copy for Blog Tour
Genre: Dystopian
Release Date: 20th November 2014
Challenges: Winter COYER
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Yara is an Undergrounder, known as grounders for short, and has lived her life knowing that the New State's reliance on technology is bad. Joshua has been brought up in New State, and is used to all of the technology around him, but his mother doesn't feel it is necessarily right, causing Joshua to question it as well. When Yara runs into Joshua on a raid, everything changes and neither of their lives will stay the same...

Remote was a book that seemed to fly by! There was plenty of action in the book, mainly in the form of raids from the grounders towards the New State. Actually I thought this book got the balance between action and the rest of the story just right, there wasn't too much violence (thought there was some) but there was enough action to make it feel real.

Now the whole premise of the book is scary. This is one of those dystopias that you can see exactly how it could happen, which makes it twice as scary as any other dystopia. The characters lives in a world where technology has become the norm, with CHIPs implanted at birth and each citizen 'hooking up' at night where they can commit crimes, have sex, drink, do drugs or live out any other fantasy that they want. I think that the author did a fantastic job creating a world in which people have become disinterested in each other and in interacting with each other.

I really liked the way that Josh and his parents had to come to terms with living without so much technology (though the grounders didn't like complete reliance on technology they didn't mind using it to improve their lives in a limited way...ie not implanting it into themselves). In some books they'd have made the switch easily, but in Remote they actually had to come to terms with it, and I thought the way that played out worked well.

Also it was great to see a YA dystopia (though I'd count this as mature YA) that didn't involve a love triangle. Though there were a couple of chapters where I thought it could be a possibility, turns out I'd just missed the signs of a Gay Best Friend! I really liked that touch, I thought it was interesting and created a different dynamic between Yara, Josh and Masson.

I really enjoyed Remote, it was an engaging and somewhat scary dystopia!


Book & Author details:

Remote by Lisa Acerbo
Published by: Etopia Press
Publication date: November 20th 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:
When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.
Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.
Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.
As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…


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AUTHOR BIO:
Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.

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