Stop, Look, Read On: Synthetica by Rachel Pattison BOOK TOUR! [GIVEAWAY + REVIEW!!]

SYNTHETICA (Synthetica #1)

Genre: Dystopia, Mystery, Young Adult

Pages: eBook, 216 pages

Published: 1 April 2015

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Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours 

 Synthetica book cover_low res SYNTHETICA (Synthetica #1)

This city is falling.

Seventeen-year-old Anais Finch lives in a world where everyone is born beautiful, where every dream is a possibility – and where their every move and every piece of personal information is recorded by an ID picochip inserted behind their right ear. When technology giant, Civitas, finally announces the launch of their highly anticipated Scholarly Learning Programs, which allow people to download and learn any subject instantly, Anais can hardly wait.

But not everyone is pleased with society’s progress, and not everyone wants to fit in. When Anais witnesses a brutal murder on an innocent citizen and is implicated in the crime, she becomes determined to uncover the truth, especially when others like it begin to occur all over the city. But it may already be too late for Anais to stop the man who calls himself ‘the Hacker’ before he commits his most appalling crime yet…

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rachel pattinson Rachel Pattison

So what qualifies me to be a writer? Well, ever since an early age I’ve been more interested in the worlds in my head, than the real one – so I thought it was finally time to do something about it. I went to uni, got a degree in publishing, worked in an office for a while, decided I hated it, went to China, came back…and now I’m a teaching assistant by day and a YA writer by night. Phew! It’s been quite a journey, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Synthetica is a cute Dystopian novel. I dunno why I said cute but anyway, it is. With a really lame romance subplot. I’ll get this out now. The romance was substantial. So not there. No feels or whatever. Hell, I’m not even shipping them. Maybe at some point in the series I will. But really, the romance was barely there. No chemistry, no physics. Nothing except for little cute butterfly-fluttering moments. And there are really few of those moments.

Now that I got that one out, let’s move on.

I love this book. Come on, everybody, this is a frustrating, normal, cliche dystopia novel with a really lame romance that I am telling you to read. Yes. Now. What are you doing? You’re not reading the book!

Okay, anyway.

The characters were… how do you describe them… uhm… I dunno. *sigh* Anais (OKAY SOMEONE TELL ME HOW YOU PRONOUNCE THAT NAME) is a stupid, normal, impulsive teenage girl. Xander is a mysterious, airy, cute dude. I am not shipping them but since they are already together, I guess I can do nothing about that now. I am not going in more about the characters because that would be like spoiling you but I can tell you that aside from these two, only about three more would be relevant. There would be about five more whose names will be important but they play an important part then disappear. You know, they’re the kind of people that just get used then tossed out. Overall, they are all workable. I guess. They can be lovable but something in me tells that lovable ain’t quite right. They’re all flawed tragically but you know how it works in these things. Their flaws turn out to be what leads them to the right. Somewhat.

The plot… THE PLOT. !!!!

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Okay, since I love you guys, I will do my best. The plot is great. It’s basically just like every other sci-fi dystopian novel out there. But there’s that something so cliche but lovable about this book. You know how I say I don’t mind cliche things as longs as it’s alive, real, something. Something. It’s good. I love how this only focused on one thing instead of pointing out everything and nothing at the same time. Some sci-fi dystopian novels focus so much on world building that everything is everywhere. I’m not saying that this novel is not messy because it is. It’s fast paced. Days bleed into each other. And the mystery part was definitely there. Hey, maybe that’s why I love this book. The mystery part. Although oops, I almost said a spoiler. Well, it’s a spoiler for me sooo….

Moving on.

The writing was great. I did found little grammatical mistakes here and there (that can also be found on almost each and every single novel out there so nothing new here) but other than that, just great. The plot was well executed, it’s fast-paced, action-ized. (That’s not a word) Lame romance but anyway. (I can’t get over that, even at this point, I’m still trying to convince myself that they are together. Like, get over it. Support them. They can be cute at times stop being so against them.)


Overall, Synthetica is a cute, fun, action-filled with a bonus feeble romance and trivial mystery factor SFD read. The characters are their own. I love the life in them. Xander is this untouchable dude we’re attached to and Anais has a really complicated name is this stupid nosy and jumpy teenage girl. Sounds familiar? Well, there’s something about them that I couldn’t resist, hence, the life. The plot is somewhat cliche but with the little twist of mystery, it’s cute. I would like to read the second book, like, right now, because I am not happy with the series-ing. We can get over this now or you can continue it and make me wait which won’t be pretty until you release the second book. Another thing, in this book, no one grew. That’s a factor I didn’t like. Everyone stayed the same as their own cliche characterizations which I don’t exactly have a problem with but I just wish they’ll grew. I believe that everyone and everything has more room to improve, including that shady hacker. So, if you’re into Dystopian and Sci-fi and all the cliche stuff happening in YA world right now, you should definitely give this book a try. Also, because bonus mystery factor. And you might want to argue with me on the romance.


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