THE LETTING by CATHERINE GOLDSTEIN
What if the Devil doesn’t know he’s the Devil?
This is the question Veronica “Ronnie” Billings poses to Phoenix, her sworn enemy, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution, and the one she loves. Kidnapped by Phoenix’s rebels, Ronnie learns how wrong she has been. She had no idea that her patriotism was wasted on a corrupt government. Ronnie was proud to be a Leader; takinghundreds of harvested girls to the Letting facility. After all, she was saving them from future Couplings and bringing them to the safety of the New World. Or so she thought…
Confused, Ronnie realizes the only way to discover the truth is to trust her heart. Together, Phoenix and Ronnie devise a plan to stop their corrupt government and preempt the dangerous rebel coup which is approaching. But when their plan goes awry, will Ronnie be strong enough to save Phoenix, her country, and herself?
About the Author
Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it’s because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, the LETTING.
Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant — like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it’s now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski… and, above all, my husband and my girls.
I am the author of the bestselling novel, Sleeping With Mortals: The Story of a New York Mistress, and I’m also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.
I surprisingly enjoyed this book. I was interested in the concept of it. The setting reminds me of Wall-E, everyone is lazy, selfish and highly reliant on technology. It disgusted me that they used young girls’ blood to keep them young. Not only is it disgusting but it is just plainly wrong. It’s a very original futuristic world. It’s depressing and I really hope that our world does not become like this but I have to say, I was infatuated with the idea Goldstein came up with.
Veronica is very kind character. She’s a person who can incorporate the attributes of kindness and kickassery, all in one. Not a lot of people can do that. I admired how much she loved “her girls” and how protective and selfless she was with them. Raven and Lulu are the cutest little girls, Raven is my favourite. I love how she doesn’t need a lot of words to understand a person’s needs and wants. She’s mature for her age. Actually, thinking back to it now, most of the good characters in the book are very mature for their age. I actually adore Veronica as a character. She doesn’t do anything halfheartedly. When she sets her mind on something, she will do it with as much wit, knowledge and ability as she can. I like a person who can do that. She’s gentle but she’s strong.
I think the romance was where things went a little awry. It was insta-love. Everything just “zings”. I don’t like these kind of romances, it just doesn’t work for me. I’m not saying it was a bad romance, it was great and I swooned but it was very “love at first sight” There’s a lot of times where Phoenix says something along the lines l like, “before I loved you, you kind of already struck me”. Don’t get me wrong, Phoenix is a great character; he’s protective and understanding but he was very cheesy. I like cheesy but not this cheesy. It’s too twilight-y (I’ve never read Twilight, though). So many times, they try to abstain from actually doing “it” but then they’ll let their hormones get in the way then stop and sigh. Just tie your hands or goodness sake! I want them to talk. Every time they talks it always end up to be a make out session. Very frustrating!
I do want to read the second book. I want to see how they get this world is sorted and get they’ll morals right. Farnsworth is a bitchy character! I do not like him! I do not like him at all! He’s so wishy-washy, he’ll set out on doing the “right thing”, then he’ll back stab the whole operation. I want him to DIE!!!!!
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