Title: Seven Second Delay
Author: Tom Easton
Publisher: Holiday House
Pub Date: 02/27/15
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: I really liked the witty, funny characters, engaging plot, and the realistic dialogue. The characters and setting felt as if they were real; you could feel emotion with each word spoken by the characters, with some sarcasm mixed in for comic relief. Action-packed and suspenseful, it kept me reading until the end.
Memorable or Forgettable: It was memorable, I think, because it sort of took the now-cliched "post-apocalyptic world" setting and did something really interesting with it that also makes an interesting commentary on the technological world we live in today.
Cover: It looked interesting to me, and I think it reflects the contents pretty well.
Age Range: 14 thru 17
Quality: 4Q - Better than most
Popularity: 5P - Everyone wants to read it
Additional Comments: I found the very end a little disappointing in that the corrupt and evil Minister is still allowed to be in office, although I do realize that either way he would have won, and the ending it has is probably the best possible one under the circumstances. I really did like, though how she ended up with Adam. That was satisfying.
Annotation: In a bleak post-apocalyptic world, Mila is an immigrant from a now-defunct EU in a strange new land, a futuristic UK called "The Isles" where all citizens have phones implanted in their heads and live-stream their daily lives onto the Internet. Soon labeled as a threat by the government, she escapes with the help of some unlikely allies and is aided by the seven-second delay in her new phone's video feed. Can she stop the corrupt Prime Minister in time and save her own life?
tags: post-apocalyptic / dystopian / suspense / ya lit