Poster Girl gave me some major Black Mirror vibes. It really strikes a strong chord of dangerous governmental monitoring and manipulation. I have always enjoyed well-written dystopian fiction and Veronica Roth does a great job creating dystopian worlds that feel very real.
Sonya Kantor is a prisoner that has been living in the Aperture since she was 17. With her family deceased, this poster girl for the Delegation government gets sentenced to live out her days in a form of a prison city. One day Sonya is offered an escape. If Sonya can find a second child that had been taken from her original parents, she will earn her freedom. Even when Sonya leaves the Aperture she sticks out. Her face was on every Delegation poster, and she still has her insight, technology in her eye that allows the government to track her and monitor her action, that shows up like a halo in her eye. A friend from the past, Alexander, is working for the new Triumvirate government. The pair must put a lot of previous resentment aside to help Sonya find the missing girl and earn her freedom.
There were a lot of interesting characters in this book. The Sonya when the book started was a different girl than the woman she became at the end. Her character development really illustrated how important it is to think for yourself and figure out who you are as a person when you have nothing to lose. Sonya’s contact Knox was pretty bad-ass and I wish she had played a larger role in the book. Her skill and intelligence really captured my attention. Although there was a vein of romance, the book was pretty YA. However, some of the societal comments made and situations in the book were very thought-provoking for a more mature reader.
Poster Girl was a gripping dystopian read. Part mystery, part thriller, full crazy governmental conspiracy, this was a book that I wanted to keep reading. I enjoyed the world Roth created in novel and I want to read more!
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