Someone must die before another can be born…
As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.
But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?
And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?
In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.
**SPOILER FREE :)**
I started off 2015 on a great note after finishing this book on just January 3rd.
I have been intrigued ever since hearing about this new book that was being released by David Estes, I don’t why it took me so long just to start it.
From the beginning, I was sucked into this world and dreaded when sleep would force me to stop reading. It was truly Gripping (I honestly didn’t mean for that to be a joke but ha ha there you go.)
I would say this book resembles The Hunger Games in the very GENERAL, BASIC, way. I’m saying, this is not The Hunger Games but it has the basic gist of it that makes both works similar. I wanted to put that out there because once you mention something being like The Hunger Games everyone actually compares the two. It is not about which one is better.
So I realized that turned into a mini rant but… moving on!
There are so many good things to be said about Slip that I will probably forget a few.
From the beginning, one thing that was done well in Slip was the effective world building. It is crucial for a science fiction/dystopian/futuristic novel to explain the world, how it works, the background, and that is something that was stated in the beginning and for that I am grateful. There is nothing worse than reading a book and not even comprehending the fictional world being brought to life.
In Slip, there are many novel-specific words and phrases like “UnBee” “Slip” “Pop Con” “Pickers” and the most helpful thing ever is that they were basically defined and explained.
Also, background is important.
Throughout the book, the main characters were slowly explaining the details of how the RUSA (Reorganized United States of America) came to be. It wasn’t a lot of info to take in all at once, which is good because too much information makes novels seem like a dictionary rather than a narrative.
I think a certain aspect that made this book so good was that it starts off with the main character at a young age. As he begins to grow, his knowledge expands and it’s way more effective “seeing” the world develop through someone who is developing as well. Children make good narrators, in my opinion, because they will tell the truth as they see it.
The characters were all so amazing that it’s difficult to pick a favorite. It is a rare thing when you like all of the characters, even the bad ones.
All of the characters were written so well that I am dying to start reading the next book in this trilogy. But I can go on and on about the characters so I’m going to stop myself right here.
In all honesty, this book has become one of my all-time favorites.