You have a government assigned career path, which you work at 40 hours per week. Beyond that, you can take on extra jobs for what's called luxury dollars, redeemable for non-healthy foods and non-nation issued clothing, etc. The government feels like this is the perfect society because no one should ever want for anything. This book primarily focuses on a 17 year old girl, Hillary, who is not happy with her romantic pairing assignment or her career assignment. She has to move away from her family and the only friends she's ever known and during her first year in the living quarters, she goes through a series of events where she starts to learn who she really is, which is different from what society considers proper or “normal.” Her and the friends she develops start to question whether this society is really as perfect as they're led to believe. There's a mystery that goes on as well and will span at least 2 books before reaching its final conclusion.
LGBT issues are very prominent in this book. In this new society, gay relationships are not legal, nor are they exactly illegal. They're basically treated as if they don't exist. Of course they do, but people in that situation don't know what to do and are often extremely fearful of anyone finding out. This is one of the main struggles the main character faces.
The mystery element is that someone is making illegal videos and selling them on the black market. The black market is not supposed to exist in this society either, so the characters are surprised to realize that it does exist and that even in a so called perfect society, there is still crime and a black market. Hillary, the main character ends up having her career assignment be in law enforcement, so she finds herself in a unique position to try to solve the mystery and earn the respect of her boss, who doesn’t believe in her.
A blank screen on my tablet now glares back at me, my own face reflected on the black screen in the bright overhead light of my small, beige bedroom. I look into the scared blue eyes of a girl who’s been keeping a secret for several years now. A secret desire that—while it can’t exactly get me into trouble, per se — it can never, never, be fulfilled. But now the secret is wiped away. I have a clean, blank page to fill with new musings, new yearnings, and wishes—attainable ones—and I have a chance to start over, build a new me, sans secret desires. The Sorting is now less than two days away. I’m leaving all that kid stuff behind me.
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About Roselyn Jewell:
Roselyn Jewell is an author, a wife, a mother, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and so much more! She's always loved reading and found herself wanting to continue the stories she loved so much, which is how she started writing. Now she's finally reached her dream of being published. She has 8 novels and 2 boxed sets on the market. Most are romance but there is also a mystery, a thriller, and a YA series she just started. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or found on social media with username jewellromance.