Genre: Dystopia,Young Adult Publication.Date October 30th 2013 Pages: 208 Published By: Amazon Digital Services Website Andrea Murray Omni Goodreads My review copy: I received a copy of this book through the CLP Book Tour, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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Pierce only wants a shot, a real shot, and not just the excuses he's been handed his whole life. Harmony wants to escape her future, the future she fears will be chosen for her. After their chance meeting, they might get exactly what they want.
Since taking over the US government years earlier, the Omni party has created a perfect existence. From consorts to job assignments, every choice, every facet of life is under their control. Each citizen has a specific role in one of the four strata. Seventeen-year-old Pierce is a Drudge, the lowest social stratum in society. For over two years, he's hoped--prayed--that his upcoming aptitude test will finally free him from his virtual slavery and give him a chance at a better existence. When he rescues Harmony, an Artist and member of the most successful stratum, at a publicity event for her latest movie, his life takes an unbelievable twist. With his gallant act and good looks, he becomes a media sensation.
Every stratum in society seeks his membership for their publicity, but as he becomes closer to Harmony, Pierce realizes what fame in the all-seeing eye of Omni is truly like. His choices will not only affect him but Harmony as well. The life Pierce thought he wanted may not be worth the cost to either of them.
“Being born to an unmarried couple without a procreation permit, Pierce was immediately placed in the system and, as a result, the lowest stratum, without a chance at the aptitude test until he became an adult. He was deemed Drudge, the working-class stratum, as far away from Artist, the entertainment-class and highest stratum, as he could possibly get."
“It's worth it just to know I'm doing something they hate. Guys like you and me, we don't have a lot of power if you hadn't noticed. He tugged the front of his regi and chuckled. Anything we can do to show 'em they don't completely own us is a good thing."
“EE agents were notorious for their interrogation methods, and most citizens of the Omni society believed those methods were justified. After all, the EE had cleaned up the nation--for the most part--but their techniques usually assumed guilty and made people disappear without so much as an afterthought. Fear was their primary means of control, and it was effective."
A dystopian society written with such detail, You can hardly help but to fall in love!
I am always excited when a book comes along that can make me picture it with such detail that I have this picture in my head of everything that is going on and can actually see the characters interacting together. This book was written THAT well! From the first pages, I realized that this was not just another dystopian copy cat book. The author of this novel took the time to make her society of Omni come to life. To me that is reason enough to pick this book up.
The main heroines of this story are Harmony and Caprice. They are in the Artist stratum of Omni. Stratum's are different levels of society that people are classed in depending on their talents and upbringing. The world they live in is called Omni. The government pretty much controls what goes on, even down to who you are paired with in society. Their entire lives they've been involved in this world and don't know anything other than what they've been told.
In walks Pierce and Hale, best friends, and "Drudges" the lowest group in the stratum classes. Orphaned and forced to work and serve, Pierce and Hale have a much different view of the Omni life than Harmony and Caprice are subject to. Then one night, Pierce spots Harmony talking to one of her fans and interacting. He can't believe an Artist is actually nice. Before either of them realize what is happening, Pierce is forced into a position of saving Harmony from a situation that develops. That is when their lives change forever.
This novel had a bit of everything in it. The world was told with such detail that I could get lost in the language again and again. I laughed at some of the things the characters did. I cheered for Harmony and Pierce and their love. I cried for the cruelty that kept coming at them. But most of all I read this book in three days and could not put it down for very long. I fell in love with it. I will be sitting here holding my breathe until the next book in this series comes out.
A definite stand out novel.
About the Author
Andrea Murray has been teaching English for longer than most of her students have been alive. She has taught everything from elementary reading groups to concurrent credit classes. She is currently teaching junior high language arts. She has a BSE and an MA in English. She lives in a very small town in Arkansas with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. In addition to teaching, she also blogs on Chick Lit Plus, writes young adult fiction, and recently completed her fourth novel, Omni, a YA dystopian based on the story of Paris and Helen. Andrea has also written The Vivid Trilogy, a YA paranormal romance. When she isn’t doing that, she’s probably reading or watching bad B movies.
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