If you could find out when you’ll die – would you?
This is the first book in the Transient series.
Learning her expiry date doesn’t sound like much of a birthday present to Rae, but it’s been that way for everyone since the Cryptograph was introduced. A biological algorithm which can determine with precise accuracy the lifespan of every human being on the planet.
Everyone gets tested when they come of age, but Rae wants to opt out. She hates how the system labels and categorizes society according to longevity – like Transients, whose short lifespan automatically renders them useless, Interims, the hard-working majority – or elite Constants, whose long lives guarantee opportunity and power.
But when Rae’s intentions to avoid the test are impeded and her lifespan is revealed, the future seems set in stone. Or does it…?
I enjoyed this book. It had a brilliant concept to it. The storyline was good and the plot moved at a good pace. There was plenty of action and mystery throughout.
I liked Rae. She was a good strong character and was willing to fight for what she believed in and not just follow the crowd. I liked the other characters which she mets, particularly Drew. He was quite mysterious at times.
This book was reasonably well written. I would have preferred for it to be written in first person perspective though but that is just a personal preference.
The chapters were short, which I prefer, but at times in this book, I felt the chapters ended at odd times, such as mid scene and even mid conversation. I think that could have done with a little bit more thought. This issue didn’t affect the story for me however.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was well thought out with great characters. I would definitely recommend it.
My rating: 5/5*