After reading Ten Rallies by Pasquin, given to me by Stick Raven Press for a review I had a lot going on in my head. It was not at all what I expected. It’s not the type of book that promises any sort of escape but more of a realistic world of what we currently live in. The summary describes a boy who is going to be part of an experiment and possibly get the girl he’s had eyes for. This isn’t the major part of the story. The book is definitely about the experiment and not too much about boy gets girl. If you want any sort of typical YA love story then this may not be the book for you. If you want a book that challenges you and may even get a healthy conversation started regarding government, economics and politics then Ten Rallies is all you.
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"Teacher doesn't like you reading this, bro. Don't blame me if they knock this book right out of your hand.
Got that straight?
Now, let's begin."
You wake up one morning and find your supposed-to-be easy senior year of high school is going to be demolished by something called CoreAmerica. Camera crews are everywhere. It's taking over your school, and they're calling it an experiment.
And in the middle of it all is this girl, Everett — man— she has it all. Never in a million years did you ever think you might get her. And she's smiling at you now, boy.
Problem is—to keep her—you'll have to give yourself up.
Hell of a senior year.
Seventeen year old Reed wasn't looking to change the world, just graduate high school. He didn't know he would first have to choose between who he loves and what is right.
Reed is the main character who is torn between two sides of the school in the experiment called Core America. The two groups he will describe to readers are Soloism and Groupism. The names of the groups tell exactly what the books main theme will be about and what will be compared. Reed is written very well because he did keep me reading. I sincerely felt sorry for him in the end. He has a friend named Hoder that he feels responsible for and then there is Everett the girl who has taken notice of him. These two characters along with his father help form the person Reed is and becomes. I don’t think readers will be disappointed in Reed, only because I feel a lot of readers already feel like him.
Everett was hard for me to like. Not because of her view but her coldness. I never trusted her and favored Reed’s friend Hoder more, maybe because of his outlook on life. Everett is an extremely passionate girl but I feel may have been too trusting. It sometimes felt she was a bit obsessed. She actually is a good character that I think teens should read about. She has a lot to offer the YA audience.
Because of the way author Pasquin tells the story, the reader is able to get a sense of what is going on behind the scenes and form an honest opinion. Because of my age I already knew the basics like there is no such thing as a free lunch. So I can say that I think teens that may not know this will get a lesson in reality. I did enjoy how the author dissected the education system in America and think that teens could benefit from that unique lesson.