Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Limit by Kristen Landon - Review

My colleague, Elizabeth, LOVED this book so I'm posting her review below. Sounds so good...

Can you imagine being put into a workhouse because your parents have gone too far into debt? That's what happens in The Limit. Matt is taken from his home, forced into a workhouse, and given tests to determine his future. Fortunately, he scores well and is placed on the "Top Level" where life is pleasant. He hears rumors that kids on other floors have headaches - or worse - seizures. This doesn't bother Matt too much, until he realizes that his sister has been taken and is working on floor where many, many kids are having seizures.

This dystopian adventure is smart and sophisticated. Matt is a realistic hero who deals with anger and bitterness when he realizes that his parents got him into this mess. He deals with the fact that life in the workhouse is more pleasant than life at home, and yet he is unable to leave. What is the definition of a prison? This book is a clever twist on the economic crises of today. I couldn't put it down.

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