Title: The Unlovers - The Heart Author: M. Salomon Pages: 317 Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian Rating:
In a world where love is for sale, everything else lacks value.” In London, 2040, love is known as OX2 and it has a price, a price that not everyone can pay. Sophie Quinn is lucky, recently she has moved with her family to Upper Thames, the most favored part of the city. They can consume OX2 whenever they want, which enables them to preserve their emotional ties and carry on a relatively normal life; she goes to college and her relationship with James is at its best. However, something is threatening her apparent happiness. The sale of OX2 has generated new social classes and sociopolitical interests that will put her perfect world in danger. Sophie will have to choose whether to fight against love or for love; the days go by, the hours count and her own love has a price. Will she be willing to pay that price in spite of the consequences?
I was given this book
in exchange for an honest review.
A few years ago I read DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver and fell
head over heels in love with it. I loved everything about it, but mostly I
loved the idea of living in a futuristic world were love was a sickness. The
concept was so unique! Since then I’ve been looking for a new book that can
fill the hole the Delirium trilogy left me with. When I was approached to read
THE UNLOVERS, a story about a futuristic world where they need a drug called
OX2 to find and preserve love and emotional ties; I was like sign me up!
The world Sophia lives in is different than the world we
live in now. The Fever started a few years back and left everyone with a new
chemistry, we no longer make oxytocin. Without oxytocin humans all around the
world walk around numb. Lovers no longer acknowledge each other; mothers are
inattentive towards their children. The only way to prevent this from happening
is to take an expensive, but temporary, drug called OX2. Sounds interesting
M. Salomon is a talented writer but this book should have
been reviewed by an editor before going to print. Normally I don’t mind a few
errors, but this is a book that people are paying for and it was loaded with
run-on sentences, misusage of commas, misspelled words, and inaccurately used
homophone. However one of my biggest issues was with the dialogue and the
unneeded sentences, not the grammatical errors. I’m not sure if this book
was translated from another language to English, but it really felt like it. It
was like someone put the book in Google translator and out came the most robotic
sentences. There was just no flow, the dialogue didn’t feel natural. I tried to
read the sentences out loud in a British accent thinking that maybe my American
accent was making the dialogue sound too rigid, but no, the dialogue just
didn’t come out natural no matter how I said it. Then there were the
unneeded tidbits. I don’t need to know if the character walked exactly 32 steps
on the beach. I don’t need to know that she turned on MTV, walked to a cabinet,
got out a bowl, then got out the cereal, and poured it into the bowl. I don’t
need to know every move she makes. I think the author was trying to be
descriptive but it was more like reading directions. There were some great
writing moments, as I mentioned the author has talent, but it was overshadowed
by the awkwardness of dialogue and unnecessary information.
Another thing to discuss is the world building and character
development. As for the world, it’s set in 2040 England but even though there
are futuristic gadgets, it’s still very 2016. The kids are still taking
selfies, listening to Coldplay (Chris Martin would be in his 60s, bless him)
and still watching MTV. Oh and they wear Chucks, I’m glad those never go out of
style. As for the character development we really don’t know much about Sophia.
We know that she paints, lived in a poverty stricken area, eats Fruit Loops
starting with the green ones, but we don’t know much about her. There was a
lack of emotion with her and I wasn’t sure if it was because of The Fever or
because of the writing.
Overall, I think that if this book had been edited more
thoroughly (and by more than one person) it would have read much easier.
Not to say that I didn’t enjoy the story, but the points I discussed
really hindered my reading experience and my rating.