Review: Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Take Me TomorrowTwo years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

PUBLISHER: AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc.

PAGES: 252

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I’d heard about this book all over the book blogosphere, so when I had the chance to get my hands on this book, I was all there! 🙂

MORAL RATING:

PG: I don’t remember any cussing… Kissing, cute boys, some action

THE GOOD:

This cover has to rank in my top twenty or thirty favorite covers. There’s something about this cover that really grabs me and pulls me in!

I really liked the author’s idea for this novel. It’s an interesting idea–a drug that causes a war. As you’ll see in the next section, I’m not sure if the drug was a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe there was some social commentary in this novel, too, about drug-use in our society? Noah is my favorite character and he is one of the major reasons I kept reading. Maybe it was the mystery surrounding his character, but I’m a sucker for that stuff. Also, I enjoyed that Thompson penned a heroine that didn’t take no crap from others. I can always root for a strong heroine. I didn’t really feel satisfied at the end, but it set up for a sequel it seems!

THE BAD:

One of the main problems I had with this novel was the lack of world-building. I’ve read a lot of good dystopian novels and they spent a lot of time setting up the world in which the novel takes place. Even some world-building is helpful! The reader is given little tidbits about Topeka and the surrounding regions, but they never get a clear explanation of the world of Take Me Tomorrow. I finished the book, and I still don’t even know if the drug, Tomo, was a good thing or a bad thing. I don’t even know what the characters were fighting for or whether certain characters were fighting for good or bad. I have no clue. Phelps, the antagonist, is supposedly a bad character, but I was never given any reason as to why I should dislike him. A “Phelps Massacre” is mentioned several times, but I don’t know exactly what the “Phelps Massacre” was. Maybe I missed something? I almost felt like I had been on drugs during this book because all the reviewers on Amazon understood the world Thompson created in this novel. Maybe I really did miss something?

I didn’t feel a strong attachment to any of the characters. I liked the mystery of Noah, but I’m not quite sure what the “war” he was fighting for was. The writing didn’t keep me as engaged as I’d hoped. There were some awkward sentences that didn’t quite make sense like…

“My voice strained against my esophagus”

“They were closing in as the sirens suffocated any air we managed to breathe”

“My eyes burned, and water filled up my irises”

“The blood trailed after her, and my gag reflex pushed against my throat”

Those are just a few sentences that didn’t quite mesh make sense, in my opinion. I really, really, really wanted to love this book, but it just didn’t happen for me.

SOUNDTRACK:

I had a hard time choosing a song for this review, but this was one that I felt could fit this book well!

You let the fire out and it’s right in front of me…

Sophia is pulled into the Tomo trouble in the beginning of the novel and has to decide whether she wants to continue to participate in the war efforts or give them up for a semi-normal life.

THE VERDICT:

For the writing, character-building, and world-building, I’d have to give this book a 2/5 rating. For the novel’s idea, I’d probably give it a 3/5 rating. All in all, I’d give this one a 2.5/5.  Everyone on Goodreads and Amazon really loved this book, but I really struggled with it. I’ve heard Shannon A. Thompson’s other works are really good, so I may give those a chance! But, as for this one, I’d pass it up.

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