Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 25th 2013
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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.Purchase:--Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Peaceful-Genocide-J-Reynolds-ebook/dp/B00GA9JBCI/ref=la_B007NWS8YS_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383678703&sr=1-2
So, all I could think while reading this was that I was going to have to look at synonyms for INTENSE because I’m going to be over using that word if I don’t. And nothing else fits. Intense perfectly describes this book to a T!
The intensity is ratcheted way up even at the beginning. Literally the start of the book is so intense that I was quite curious how the rest of the book was going to be able to keep up, but it does, oh my, it so does. There is so much WRONG with this book but it is horrific at it’s best and holy cow horrific at its worst!
Basically four teenagers are thrown into this messed up situation and one of the gals, Mitzi, winds up not trusting anything or anyone. As she’s asking questions I started to wonder if the scientists really did have something to hide because let me tell you they act really freaking strange when she asks too many questions. And then Mitzi runs out of the room (she does this multiple times) and comes back all dazed and confused but no longer angry. Messed up yet? Yes, yes I do think so…
I didn’t know what the heck to think of the plot. I mean the beginning was intense (there I go again but I can’t help it!), the middle was intense, hell at 20% it was so intense that I felt like I had to be at 80% and maybe this was actually a short story. There is that much to this! So much happens and as a reader I had to try to sit back and put the pieces together while the characters did as well.
And the characters were quite interesting. I sort of wish that Mitzi wasn’t as crazy sounded but I think she needed to be to show why she does the extraordinary things that she does. It seems like she’s asking for trouble but really all she wants is answers. Oh and for people to not touch her, seriously! Then, we have Deuce. I really liked this guy. He’s kind of this smart guy but he’s also sort of a block head (I think J.A. Reynolds must have spoken to my husband for this role!!) but there’s just something likeable about him. And the more I read about him the more I enjoyed reading about him.
The only downside and honestly it wasn’t that much, was the end. I wish there was just a bit more there! But then again if this is going to be a trilogy, maybe, just MAYBE, I’ll forgive J.A. Reynolds for this horrendous breach in trust with that cliff-hanger!
And just to add… I normally don’t like thrillers but this one had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Definitely had my heart rate up quite a bit as well. I found a new exercise where all I have to do is sit on the couch, and it’s called Read Thrillers!
JA Reynolds lives in the Midwest with a normal family, raising a normal daughter, with some abnormal pets. It’s extraordinarily ordinary.