Series: Slip #1
Published on December 1, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dark, Dystopian, Suspense, Violence, Young Adult
Source: Review Copy
Someone must die before another can be born...
As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.
But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?
And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?
In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.
I seriously can’t get this book out of my head, and I finished it a bloody week ago!
I cannot express how much I enjoyed this novel. It brought forth a very interesting concept and Estes, once again delivers a wicked and beautiful story filled with laughs and cries. Let me start by saying I was so very fortunate to receive an eARC of Slip, but worry not because it will be available for purchase December 1st, 2014. The first half of the book may be considered ‘slow’ going; however, I truly found it intriguing, plus it’s essential for the rest of the novel. I think what makes Slip so unique is that it has a new and challenging idea behind it.
Basically after a mass of water swallows up a large portion of America, the government has to establish a means of population control so that they can manage everyone’s needs. This entails a group of people dedicated to eliminating any unwarranted children (Pop Con) – and yes, they do kill babies unmercifully.
This story follows one family who is greatly affected by such an unforgiving law.
The oldest known Slip (a unwarranted child who surpasses the age of two) has finally been discovered – such a discovery comes as quite a shock to the people across the country. We get to see how this not only affects a kid who is literally hunted just because he was born, but how it shapes everyone involved. This story is like a spiderweb, each strand eventually leads to the middle and when you get there you have to lay back because it was one hell of an adventure. At some points it can grab your heart and smash it on the ground, and others it can provide you with a supple amount of hope.
The writing of Slip was immaculate. David’s talent with the third person narrative flowed very easily making the read such a delight. I have high hopes for this series, it deserves to be read by anyone who enjoys a original dystopian or coming of age story.
I truly don’t want to summarize what happens because it’s honestly a book you have to read on your own. But overall, we experience the story of a once great family shattered by something they could not control. We see characters fighting for just one more day, we see characters who just want to be seen, we witness characters who are forever changed by the downfalls in their lives, we see our characters deal with real-world issues and we see our characters evolve. The plot is masterfully planned and formulated, which is only made better by interesting characters that act very real for their young age, I just loved the idea of a group of unwanted kids coming together. They really do become a family.
One should be warned that there are brief mentions of rape and sexual violence, it’s grueling but on the contrary, it paints how terrible some humans can actually be. This did not alter my read in any way, if anything it made it more genuine and real. This dystopian styled world which David so brilliantly created is not sugar coated which made me thoroughly feel and empathize with each and every character successfully.
Another amazing quality of the novel were the messages behind the words. There were so many quotes I attached myself to because that were special and true, but seriously this novel resonated with me on a personal level. David Estes doesn’t fail to improve with everything he writes.
“People both love and hate destruction”
“It’s okay. I am weak. We all are. Only through our positive thinking and actions do we become strong. Even the weakest person in the world can become the strongest in their own mind.”
“Happy moment are like stars. They seem so close you think you can touch them, but really they’re fleeting and a million miles away. Enjoy them from afar and don’t come to expect them. In your life there will be more cloudy nights than clear ones.”
If you’d love a new, and different dystopian, I implore you to try out Slip, and its sequel, Grip on December 1st.