Author: Jenetta Penner
Release Date: October 20th, 2016
Genres: Sci-Fi/Dystopian, Young Adult
In the future love will make you a traitor.
120 years after a virus decimated earth’s population the survivors thrive in safety, away from the death and destruction of the Outerbounds. Divided into three levels of intellect, Citizens focus solely on duty.
Due to her advanced intelligence, seventeen-year-old Avlyn Lark is separated from her twin brother at birth and raised by adoptive parents. She gains privilege, the ideal future. He dies. Avlyn barely knows him yet remains linked to his memory.
But following a string of rebel intrusions on the city, Avlyn receives a cryptic message and begins seeing visions of her dead twin. The mysterious radical who urges Avlyn to join their fight becomes her link to answers. Freedom.
Opportunity awaits, but if she says yes will she lose it all?
Configured is the first novel in a trilogy YA dystopian/light romance that poses the question: does humanity need love for survival? Fans of Divergent, Matched, and the Maze Runner will love this world of dark secrets, intrigue and desire for a better tomorrow.
Buy Configured today to read a YA Dystopian/Light Romance that will leave you wanting more!
ALSO CHECK OUT THESE CUTE MINI AVLYN AND MEYER DOLLS!!! [I want one:D]
MY TAKE ON THIS BOOK
Lovvveee the cover of the book!!!! Avlyn is such an amazing character and I got sucked into this book. The plot takes place in the future, 120 years after the virus decimated the earth’s population. The city of Elore is ruled by the Direction(bad-guys) The citizens of Elore solely focus on duty and are divided into three levels with level one as the lowest level of intellect, level two-average intellect and the highest being level three.
Avlyn(level two), born to a level one mother is separated from her twin brother(level one) at birth due to her advanced intelligence and is raised by adoptive parents. Due to her level 2 status, she gains privilege and an ideal future but her twin dies at age of 4 years. Avlyn always feels the loss of her twin and often thinks about him.
Well, when you have a division of citizens there is ought to be rebels right!, so Elore has been facing rebel intrusions for quite some time. On her configuration day, Avlyn witnesses a rebel activity which gets recorded and when played for the citizens, she realizes that the Direction has manipulated the video to make the rebels look bad. Her life takes a turn when Avlyn receives a cryptic message and begins seeing visions of her dead twin.
Now let’s meet the characters of the book
Avlyn– our main girl, Network Security genius, loyal friend to Kyra and my favorite character in the book. What I really loved about Avlyn is she is a bad-ass, not afraid to say that she is scared and sees the good in people. The author has portrayed Avlyn so beautifully. Whenever Avlyn felt that she was responsible for when things went bad I just wanted to reach out and tell her it wasn’t her fault.
Meyer– smiley guy. God whenever he smiled at Avlyn, I smiled!!:D Member of the affinity team and who does not exist in Direction records . He saves Avlyn in beginning of the book and is responsible for guiding Avlyn in Affinity missions. Meyer is a dedicated member of Affinity. He cares a lot about Avlyn. The romance between Avlyn and Meyer is in the starting stage.
Lena– another affinity member. She is Avlyn’s neighbor. I loved Lena because she is the only one who understands when Avlyn is overwhelmed and backs her up. She is loyal to affinity but is open to leading a normal life like any other citizen of Elore in the future.
Sanda– – Jayson’s daughter. Jayson is one who took care of Meyer and is like a father to him. Sanda is the rebel that Avlyn saw on her configuration day and is later captured by the guardians and is tortured.
Kyra– Avlyn’s best friend. She is ambitious and has been someone who Avlyn trusts. She is appointed to work for the government and later is involved in Manning’s secret project.
Aron-Dimple guy, Avlyn’s spousal pairing ,works at Syncorp as an Electrical Engineer. He is a genius in drone technology.
Jayson– Sanda’s bio dad and Meyer’s adoptive dad
Ruiz– Leader of Affinity
Manning– Leader of Direction
Bess– Avlyn’s bio mom
Ben– Avlyn’s twin brother
Darline & Micheal– Avlyn’s adoptive parents
This book is full of future technology, especially the food printer(wish it was real:p). The minus for me was that the process based on which citizens are divided into three levels wasn’t explained fully in the book. I was able to predict some of the twists before they came and some I did not. This book gave me the Divergent feels. The characters in this book were amazing! The author does a fantastic job of pulling us into these characters lives and making us feel so much for them.
If you guys love technology, adventure, romance and mystery then this is the book for you!!!Page Turner… Amazing characters and a fantastic dystopian debut novel!! Really excited for the sequel!! 😀
Check out an excerpt from the book
Hurried citizens pass by. A woman shepherds a little girl to drop her off at pre-primer school. Others gaze at handhelds or move to the line for the driverless taxis.
As we stop on the corner of Seventy-eighth Street, a motion across the road catches my eye. A teenaged, sepia-skinned girl pulls her curly hair loose from a ponytail and drops the dark coat she wore to the ground, revealing bright red clothing and standing out from the sea of neutral like illumination on a dark night. Something about the fabric appears soft and comfortable, in contrast to mine, which is more or less functioning as a uniform. She races down the sidewalk, and the blur of color streams around her like a flag.
A rebel. I should have known.
Kyra stares, her mouth falling wide. Some citizens from the crowded street gawk while others continue on with their business, each with eyes glued to their Flexx devices.
The runner stops and pulls out a small, matte black weapon from a bag slung over her shoulders. My eyes grow wide. Not that I’ve seen many weapons this close before, but something is unusual about it. She slides the top of the gun back and it emits a high-pitched whine. Barely thinking, my arms shoot out and I force Kyra to the ground. Other people duck behind anything substantial, even if it’s just the person in front of them, or sprint the other way.
The rebel points the weapon at the nearby building, causing me to crouch further down. The little girl I saw earlier screams and points at the rebel clad in red. The rebels will only destroy our way of life, and that child knows it. The mother tries to cover her child’s mouth and assures her that the Guardian drones will take the bad lady away.
My heart pounds at the mother’s words.
Don’t take her away.
I quickly correct my thinking.
They must take her away, for the protection of all of us.
I cover my ears, expecting a loud blast, but it doesn’t come. Instead, it’s more of a crackling. There’s no damage to the building other than a set of words emblazoned across the surface. The hair on my arms stand at the sight.
PEOPLE OF ELORE, BREAK FREE
I’m Jenetta and a lifetime lover of Sci-Fi (thx Dad). I had a weird LONG stint (declaring HOW long would give away too many age secrets… and eh hem… a girl never tells) where I read almost no books for pleasure (the horror!). Near the end of 2014 I picked up Hunger Games, and I was off like a rocket.
That next year I read about 40 YA books (mostly Sci-Fi/dystopian) and a couple months into it got the idea to write a book (with no prior experience or even desire) about children who were not allowed to be raised by their biological parents. You see, I am an adoptive mama of two lovely daughters from foster care. That story grew into what Configured is today.
It has been a HUGE journey with a lot of ups and downs and it took WAY longer than I anticipated. But it is finally here.