I had a different post planned for today, but then I realized that it was the last YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday of the month and I already had an answer ready for their question:
What was the best book you read in March?
So that other post will have to wait a day or two. (I love how I decided the A-Z Blog Challenge seemed awesome but too intense for me, yet here I am subjecting you to a string of daily blog posts anyway. Hehe.)
I mentioned When She Woke yesterday, but it deserves a longer mention, and it was definitely the best book I read in March.
When She Woke is (among many other things) a reimagining of The Scarlet Letter set in a dystopian near future. Technology serves the increasingly theocratic government, enforcing its conservative moral codes. The corrections system has undergone a radical shift: all but the most dangerous criminals are color-coded, their skin pigment genetically altered for the period of their sentence, and then released into a society that scorns and persecutes them.
The story is thrilling, heart-wrenching, and thought-provoking all at once. Hillary Jordan writes beautifully and deftly develops both the dystopian world and its characters. The comparisons to Margaret Atwood are completely accurate, and I can’t think of much higher praise.
I also want to include my runner-up for March, a book as beautiful and breathtaking as its cover:
|Read me too|
Sisterhood, small towns, power, trust, loyalty, disappearance... all with gorgeous prose and an eerie magical realism twist.
And even before I read Imaginary Girls, I was a fan of Nova Ren Suma for her excellent blog. I highly recommend checking it out, too, especially these great series.
What were your favorite reads this month? Feel free to comment here or on YA Highway. :-D