Reintegration, by Ashley Bogner, is the first book in the Reintegration Trilogy. This is a dystopian book, following our main character, Katherine, "the perfect citizen." She is training to be a regulator, sort of like our police, but different.
Katherine lives in what she thinks is the perfect place, a world where kids are not allowed to ever meet their parents. They are taken away at a young age to a public government education and super monitored life. There is a thing called the tolerance act and the people who don't agree with it live outside the "perfect city." Everyone who lives inside the walled city has to live by the act and if they break it three times, they get killed.
Katherine is approaching her final test, this will be the deciding factor on whether or not she'll get to be a regulator for realsies. If she fails, the consequences will be very bad. A rebel, Matthew, from outside their "perfect city" is captured inside their walls. As a part of the final exam, she must choose between execution and reintegration. Reintegration is a new thing that wipes the memory of the person and tries to reintegrate them into society with out any rebellious qualities. Things gets harry when she picks reintegration, knowing it could possibly fail. Chaos, romance, and character development ensue.
This book just released on August 18th. We can remember that because our main character is age 18.
Before I get into what I liked, here is about the author:
When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible College and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.
I found Ashley because of her blog and book reviews, and am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for her first published book! Here is a link to her blog, if you want to check it out!
Things I liked:
The writing style.
Matthew's view of love (Understanding that love is not just a feeling!!!).
The story and emotional connection.
The Christian content!
Some of the things our main character did was like a spy movie!
The characters in general.
That it was a clean read. And we need more of those!
I thought it would be more like Anomaly, by Krista McGee (review HERE), but I was pleasantly surprised by how different it was.
*I read an advanced reader's (or review) copy, so this next part could be fixed.*
Nitpicking/why you got to be so mean self? :
Occasionally the story felt the tiniest bit choppy, but this didn't take away from the reading experience.
That's it!! Sorry!!!
*Disclaimer*: I was given a ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) for an honest review as part of the blog tour.
SOME MILD SPOILERS in the content!
CONTENT COMING! GO IF YOU MUST!
Just in case you need another barrier, here are links to where you can buy the book:
And now... the Content
Katharine's friend, Chelsea, (another don't be like Chelsea situation, DON'T be like Chelsea!!!) NEVER stays with a boy very long.
Our main girl and love interest (you can probably guess who;) kisses four times on the month, but they are not descriptive. Also, two cheek kisses. Chelsea kisses boys, too.
There is a tiny bit of fighting in violence, but it's very mild.
A character takes prescription-ish pills in one part.
Note: There is a bit of semi-descriptive cutting of skin to get rid of a tracker. The description is only a little bit bloody, almost too much for me, though. But REALLY almost any blood/cutting is over the top, because I think blood should go on the inside of bodies.