Many dystopian books all have the same feeling around them. The world sucks, but everyone is meant to think that everything is amazing and perfect, set up in a way that allows them to live their best life. The Girl Who Dared to Think is a dystopian book much like this, but the world within the book is much different.
Liana, the main character, is a young adult who doesn’t quite fit into the world she has been born into. She lives in The Tower, which is all that is left of the world. After global warming caused many disasters, the world became nothing but radiation – but before everything fell apart, humans made The Tower which is it’s own ecosystem, all monitored by Scorpio.
Scorpio is a computer program that is a part of every single person in The Tower. This program makes all of the decisions – including deciding if you are a helpful and good part of the Tower. People are given a chip at birth, attached to the back of their heads, which is used to communicate and rank them among the other citizens. This ranking determines how much power you have and where you are able to go. Other citizens in the tower respect higher numbers while they look down on lower numbers. Liana is a lower number, which causes a lot of problems for her and her family within the tower. Your rank becomes lower by questioning the wants and wills of the Tower, as well as having any sort of negative thoughts.
Along with the assigned numbers, people are assigned different departments within the Tower, to allow every department to have strong workers that fit in well with the area they need. Liana is a Knight – meant to keep citizens safe and make sure that lower numbers are held accountable for their own actions. Being a low-level knight, in a family of very high ranking knights, continues to cause her mental health to decrease.
Liana has to find a way to increase her number, as the only other option is to be medicated, something that takes away the entire personality of the person who takes the pills, as well as makes it so that they can no longer even remember what they are doing or who they are. This isn’t a perfect system in the slightest and often wears off, so Liana is determined to not be on these pills. Finding a way to bypass them and keep her number high, however, opens up an entire world of illegal trade, people living below their numbers, abuse within the system, and questioning of the outside world. Soon, she finds, big crimes are being secretly committed inside the Tower – no longer crimes as they are approved by Scorpio, and they want her to partake in them.
The Girl Who Dared to Think keeps you engaged in the story, as everything is always happening all at once. In a world where every single thing you do and the way you think is monitored, it’s very challenging being an outcast. Liana is the main character in the story, but she is supported by her friends, her twin brother, a mysterious level 1 person who suddenly is a level 9, and many more characters she ends up finding her way too. The Tower is much more than this utopia, meant to save humans from the world, and continues to challenge Liana’s beliefs on what is right and wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed this book – I found that the action and mystery that happened throughout the book – the discovery of the way the Tower worked through Liana’s eyes, engaging.
I do feel the biggest faltering of the book was actually the ending – as there isn’t one. This book then continues straight into the next, with the last page ending on a cliff-hanger so big that I am glad the second book was out to instantly purchase. I’m currently working my way through book two, so keep an eye out for that in the future!
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