Published by Houghton Mifflin Books
Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, he tells her.
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking.
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
At the start of the book you met Maddie as she makes a rare venture out of house into the big wide world to attend a study group. Her parents, well her father in particular come across as very controlling not wanting her to attend what we today would see as an ordinary and everyday thing. It is there she meets Justin which is where the story really starts from. Justin doesn't like all the technology invading his day to day life and opens Maddie's eyes to the world without technology.
I will not go into detail about the plot of the story in too much detail but I did love several things about it. I loved the relationship that was built up between Justin and Maddie as the story went on. I love Maddie as a character and enjoyed seeing how she developed as the story went on. The whole anti-digital school movement was well done and was actually quite insightful in how the book portrayed the use of government sponsored propaganda in influencing the masses.
All in all an excellent debut with insightful ideas, awesome characters and a pacey plot which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to others.