Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds

Peaceful Genocide by J. A. Reynolds

Release Date: November 25th 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
: 282
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Thriller
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Seventeen-year-old Mitzi and Deuce can recall how many drops of water were on a leaf from a rainstorm five years ago and conversations from last week, month, or year. They have the ability to remember every second of everyday—since birth.

This gift has blessed Mitzi with a history of being sexually assaulted by researchers and abused by her own parents. She trusts no one. Likes no one. Deuce, however, is a high school standout. His gift has made him a superstar on the football field and his memory promises him endless opportunities.

When they both end up at an Alzheimer’s research facility under false proviso, they quickly realize this place isn’t what it seems to be. They endure crazy military-style tests, are forcefully drugged, and complete real-life simulations that haunt them.

Mitzi and Deuce have no idea what the researchers want to do with them or their memories. But one thing is clear: the researchers will go to any lengths to get what they want.

* I received the eARC from the author via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

Peaceful Genocide is about a group of kids that have been taken into some top secret government facility under the preface that they will be doing a study to help Alzheimer’s patients. There are two younger kids, Ralph and Paisley, and the two main characters, Mitzi and Deuce. All four kids have the ability to remember everything from the minute they are born. Each of them also has another ability that is explained in the book.

The book alternates points of view in the chapters. Mitzi is a rebel. She hates her parents for pretty much using her as a paycheck. She has been beaten and abused by past researchers and her parents. Her past has made her only trust herself and doesn’t want anything to do with anyone else. She is heading to this study thinking she is going to a juvenile detention center for trying to kill her father.

Deuce on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He is a pro football player at his high school and is at this study so that he can use the extra money to pay for what his scholarship doesn’t. He is all jock and pretty egotistical about anything physical fitness related. Naturally, he and Mitzi do not start off well.

Once inside the facility, and almost dying right away, Mitzi is furious. She meets the other three kids and they all seem excited about what is going on. Soon Mark, the head scientist, comes out and explains what is going on and what will be happening and that this is an 8 week study. All the kids have to have a device inserted into their brain so the researchers can remove information gathered from the tests. When Mitzi says she wants nothing to do with it and storm out the room something happens to her and she come back acting different. She can’t remember things that just happened. This turns out to be a trending thing.

When Mitzi starts loosing pieces of her memory, she knows something is bad is happening. She explains this to Deuce but he just thinks she is crazy. She takes it upon herself to figure out what is really going on in this place. Why they can’t leave, why all their answers go unanswered, and why all the crazy simulations.

The action scenes were perfectly timed to keep your interest going. They were fast paced and really well done. Mitzi’s character grows and changes for the good but she is still able to keep her rebel spunk. People becomes friends with people they never thought they would.

I can easily say that Peaceful Genocide had me hooked from the start. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this but it was pretty much an action scene right away. I actually finished this book in one day. Most books can’t keep me interested long enough to do that. The ending of the book said there would be a sequel in 2015 so I hope that is true because I will definitely be picking it up to continue on with Mitzi and Deuce’s story.

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{About J.A. Reynolds}
JA Reynolds lives in the Midwest with a normal family, raising a normal daughter, with some abnormal pets. It’s extraordinarily ordinary.

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  1. Thanks so much for being a part of the blog tour and the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

  2. This sounds like a super fun read and I like Mitzi already! She sounds like a very real and easy to root for character. Glad you liked it, Laura!


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