When Jewel Peara met Forge, an alien bionic, she knew there would be trouble. In the year 2108, the world is under the control of alien overseers, and their bionic followers. Only in New Zealand, where Jewel and the other naturals live, are they safe from the alien influence. However, as Jewel gets to know and falls for Forge, the threat of war keeps their relationship at a futuristic Romeo and Juliet scenario. With the bionics spying from the bay, and their withholding of plastic (a necessary material to the naturals), Jewel and Forge must keep their relationship a secret, while knowing the other could betray them at any time.
After reading the first few pages of this book, I expected it to be a science fiction dystopian society book, such as 1984 or Fahrenheit 451. Instead, I was surprised with a futuristic alien version of Romeo and Juliet, where Jewel and Forge are kept apart by their species/governments. I thought this book had a good basic plot line, with many random twists, but overall this book was not what I expected. The ending as well felt quite sudden and did not seem to solve most of the problems, probably leaving room for a sequel. Overall this book would probably be enjoyed by any tween girl who would like a new spin on an old idea, however, this will not be one of my favorite books.
Slight suggestive themes.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Cypress, California USA