The Rule of One

SAUNDERS, Ashley & . 285p. (Rule of One: Bk. 1). Amazon/Skyscape. Oct. 2018. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781503953161. POP
Gr 7–10—A climate disaster has drastically altered the U.S. Many cities have been wiped out by severe floods, others by long droughts. Families are allowed only one child; to ensure compliance all children are microchipped at birth. Darren Goodwin, the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, refused to comply. Under his guidance, his twin daughters, Mira and Ava, have grown up living as one person. Only Ava is microchipped. A mishap with Mira during a visit from the governor arouses suspicion, and she and Ava are forced to run away to avoid arrest. The action heats up very quickly as the sisters struggle to make their way to safety. Life in this intensely classist future is satisfyingly framed, enhancing the narrative's believability. Characters are fleshed out well enough to support the story.
VERDICT Dystopia fans will enjoy this adventure set in an all-too-plausible future America; a strong choice for YA collections.

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