Out of Sight by Matthew S. Cox is a YA Dystopian of overpopulation, corruption, and social status.
“Most Citizens hold Outcasts in dim regard, but Sima never expected they’d throw her off the planet.
In 2411, overpopulation has spread a plaque of filthy, congested city to the corners of the Earth. Government has raised corruption to an art form, and no one hears the cries of those left to die in the dark passageways of civilization. Following the End of Nations, people cling to the only division left: social status.
Since running away from home four years ago, she’s managed to stay a step ahead of death―or worse. At sixteen, she’s getting too old to survive from begging, despite her best effort to pretend she’s younger. Worse, the sidewalks teem with little kids edging in on her turf, monopolizing Citizens’ charity with their wide, pleading eyes and genuine innocence.
A chance meeting with suspiciously nice cops leaves her more confused than ever. Between deadly gangs, unforgiving security forces, and a terrifying madam eager to exploit a girl her age, merely getting older is the biggest threat to her life. With no good choice to make, she risks the least of three evils.
Sima thought her life on Earth had been dangerous…
She hasn’t seen anything yet.“
This book was a fun read.
The main character is a girl who is stuck in a futuristic world thrown over with overpopulation and the dangerous nature that is the streets. She is a runaway and an outcast.
It was interesting to read how even though she is still young, she is struggling with all of the younger kids who are hoarding the sympathy from the higher socialites, leaving her with nothing left to beg for. But her struggles don’t end there. She finds herself in trouble with her government and is stuck with a hard decision to make: how will she survive?
Overall, the story did take me a chunk of the way through to really get invested in the story, but when I did, I couldn’t put it down. There are so many emotional ties to this book along with the value of family. Even though she left hers behind years ago, she comes across a few of the younger kids that she just might be able to call hers.
This is an enjoyable read, and I gave this one a 4 out of 5 stars. The dystopian world was interesting to discover along with the main character. I especially enjoyed the chapter illustrations that help give you a snapshot into what it may look like. It’s technology meets a dirty, congested society.
Overall, this was a great dystopian, science-fictional story, and I think if you enjoy reading about social statuses and finding your family, this is a book you’ll want to try.
Published: 13 August 2018
Publisher: Division Zero Press
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
How I Read It: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours
“Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats. Awards: Prophet of the Badlands (excerpt) – Honorable Mention – Writers of the Future”
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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