Relic - YA Review by Grace KL

Reader: Grace KL
Age: 14
Title: Relic
Author: Heather Terrell
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pub Date: 10/29/13
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The main character was well developed, but I felt as though I didn't know the rest of the characters very well.  The book made me think about how technology impacts our way of life, but probably not in the extreme fashion that the society in this book thinks it did.
Memorable or Forgettable: The most memorable parts of the book were the plot and setting.  To have a post-apocalyptic society in northern Europe was something I had never seen before.  The whole basis of the plot: that our society worshiped the false gods Apple and Mastercard, was very interesting and new.  I would have liked to know more about the world at the beginning of the book, so that when things came up in the end that surprised the main character, the reader would be surprised as well.
Cover: The cover's bright colors really make it stand out on the shelf.  The snow, ice and crevice in the middle show what the book is about, but I really like having the medieval city in the far corner as well.  Seeing it there makes it seem unlikely that the book is post-apocalyptic fiction.
Age Range: under 12 through 15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal

tags: fantasy / science fiction / dystopian / adventure / survival / post apocalyptic / ya lit

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