Genre: Juv/YA, sff
Setting: future, London
Rated : 4 Stars
Evil must be identified – Book one in the Killables trilogy
In the future the only place of safety is The City. Ruled over by The Great Leader, with the system, overseen by The Brother, keeping track of everyone. Keeping them safe from the Evils outside the city, and the Evil inside them.
It has been discovered that evil resides in the amygdala; remove it and you remove evil from a person. Of course, it can grow back one does not constantly monitor oneself. The system helps, labelling people based on how good they are. “A”s are the stars, to be a “B” is still very good. “C”s are okay, but you really need to be careful. “D”s are to be ignored, lest their wicked ways spread.
Evie is a “B” about to become an adult and leave her parents house and marry Lucas. He is an “A”, a handsome and upstanding member of the community. But Evie has a secret. She believes herself to be on the path to evil, she cannot stop the thoughts and emotions that conflict with the “Sentiments”. And then there are her night-time meeting with Raffy, Lucas’s brother.
I liked the idea of this book, it isn’t exactly original, an on the surface utopian society hide a secret past. But nevertheless, this sounded like an interesting story. Unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy this story all that much. Evie isn’t much of a character. And then there was the whole love triangle aspect. Bleugh enough to have yet another YA book with yet another love triangle. But in this case it was made even worse by the fact that Evie never really seemed to have enough justification for either of the fellas. Okay, so she had history with Raffy, but he was an arsehole. Maybe he was described as hot-headed and impetuous but I found him ignorant and angry. Our other love interest was more interesting as a character, but Evie didn’t know him well enough, imo, for him to really be a contender surely?
And the supporting characters, well, they weren’t really characters at all.
I don’t think I’ll be reading the next book in this trilogy, unless I read that it has vastly improved over this one.