Review: The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra


The Polaris Uprising by Jennifer Ibarra
(Polaris #1)
Publication date: October 30th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

In less than seven years, eighteen-year-old Ryla Jensen will succeed her father as the president of Neress, a nation where all citizens are cared for from the moment they’re born. Fed, sheltered, even educated—every need of theirs is met.
The only price they pay is their free will.
Groomed since childhood to take on a role she’s not even sure she wants, Ryla’s only escape from the pressures of duty is her sister, Alanna. But when her eyes are opened to the oppressive regime her father built, she begins to question everything she’s set to inherit—and finds herself at odds with her sister’s blind allegiance to their father.
Torn between loyalty to her family and the fight for freedom, Ryla must decide just how far she’s willing to go to make a stand and risk losing the person she loves most in the world: Alanna.

My Review
Firstly I should say that although I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't really put it in the YA category. More NA really (although there is no sex!). One of the main reasons is because I found it difficult to believe the main character, Ryla, was only 18. Yes, she's the daughter of the president and all that (clearly has an older head on her shoulders) but she just didn't act like an 18 year old at all. That was one of my few irks. The other is that I found it a little slow to begin with. The majority of the story was based upon Ryla and her sister, Alanna's relationship. It was only at the end of the book that I realised the importance of this - it was like an 'aha' moment as I approached the ending.
I must say I was taken by surprise with the turn of events. Initially I was hoping that everything would be summed up nicely but then with the advent of certain events (I won't give the game away!), I realised The Polaris Uprising has the potential to be a fantastic series, and boy would it make an awesome movie - Hollywood, are you listening?
All in all, a very interesting and thoroughly entertaining read!

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Jennifer Ibarra grew up on a steady diet of books, Star Wars, and other fantastic feats of the imagination. Her debut novel, The Polaris Uprising, is the first book in a trilogy and mixes dystopia with family drama, romance, and political intrigue.
She lives in Silicon Valley, where she does marketing for a tech company and spends her time running, cooking, baking, and keeping up with celebrity gossip.

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