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In the not-so-distant future, teenaged Imani must struggle within a world where a monolithic corporation assigns young people a score that will determine the rest of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's Books, 2012, c2011.
Edition: 1st Ember ed. --
ISBN: 9780375867910
0375867910
Characteristics: 227 p.

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Evelina_id
Apr 02, 2014

Just read it March 2014

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graceling3
Jul 20, 2012

Scary. And for all those others out there who are like me (in the gruesome process of trying to get the highest scores possible on the SAT/ACT/AP and maintain a 4.0 GPA along with good solid extracurriculars in school and out of school), then this is definitely the college admissions process elevated to an entirely new level. In McLaughlin's world, a corporation (just like one of those hated testing comparies today) assigns the students a score-- although you can choose to be scored or unscored, but the unscored are seen as the dirt of society-- which determines your future college, profession, salary, lifestyle, etc. How is this score determined? On a "formula" which the corp. possesses, based on five aspects of human interaction; and the company spies on all individuals through "eyes" all around the community. Imani's development throughout the book is nicely written; she is a strong character with flaws, and the author handled her change expertly. However, I do think the actions of the foil, Deigo, could have been more polished. Also, the ending was beautiful. This book is wonderful as a stand-alone; no followups needed whatsoever.

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