Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich
Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.
A life behind barbed wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.
But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.
What you’re in for: Dance cards. The Machine (which accepts or rejects people as being fit to be members of society). Permanent Isolation Territory. Undesirable living conditions. Searching. Plans of escape. Danger. Uncertainty. Rebelling. Romance.
I wasn’t into the first chapter; I kept finding myself zoning out. BUT, after the second chapter, I was hooked. I thought it was going to be an amazing story. After that second chapter, I had very high hopes. While it wasn’t as good as I had hoped at the beginning, it was still a good book overall.
The Machine is meant to (and everyone thinks it does) weed the bad out of society. It is supposed to get rid of all the bad/criminal people so that the people living in the normal communities can live peaceful, worry-free lives. However, it seems to get rid of more than just dangerous people. It works for the Cardinal (the man in charge). And if there is a certain trait or quality that he doesn’t think fits in with his image of how society should be, people who possess said trait or quality will be banished to the PIT along with the criminals.
The test that Elizabeth and the group make Becca do seems unrealistic to me. How could they really expect her to do all that? I mean, really, she’s new to the PIT, she doesn’t know hardly anything about it, and she’s used to a much different life. Also, I don’t understand how a “scavenger hunt” is supposed to test her trustworthiness.
The big twist that happens doesn’t really make sense to me. I mean, I get why it happened, but how it happened doesn’t seem realistic to me. I can’t go into details without ruining it, but I don’t feel like it would have actually been able to happen that way. I don’t think the cardinal would have actually allowed that. However, I appreciate the twist and I didn’t see it coming.
The novel as a whole was good. It’s definitely one of the better self-pubs out there. It didn’t feel like a self-published book to me. Even as an ARC, it was very polished and well done.