REVIEW: Suspense by Jason Letts
Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.
But Spencer discovers there is plenty to fix within the Idols’ competition for more popularity. She becomes a diehard and promises to do anything to help her Idol, a dreamy movie star named Cleary Mintz, bring his vision of hope and purpose to the world. When she stumbles onto a threat against his life, she’ll have to fight harder than she ever thought possible or lose the man who means more to her than any other.
Suspense, the first book in a new dystopian trilogy, contains 76,000 words and is recommended for ages 16 and up because of depictions of violence and some sexual themes.
Suspense was enthralling from the minute I started reading. It is aptly named as it is full of suspense at every turn. In the futuristic world Jason Letts has created there is no need for money or even working as everything is provided for you. The main thing that matters is your status and that of the Idol you follow over a social networking site called Connect. Spencer Nye is willing to fight for what she believes in; her Idol Cleary Mintz. This fight takes her to the brink and back, fighting not just for his life but for her own life and that of her friends.
The entire story is told through Spencer’s point of view which is great because she is involved in all of the action, however, I did find her a little bit annoying and sappy at some parts, and while I didn’t grow very attached to her as a character I did get attached to her friends as Spencer does an excellent job of making you care for Patch and Jetta as well as the choices/change she believes in.
Jason Letts tells a story full of fighting, social network hacking and romance. He employs several plot twists to keep you guessing. Each time I thought I knew what was coming next there were more layers peeled back and uncovered that made the story that much deeper and meaningful. I also like how the more Spencer uncovers about the unknowns in her world the more she grows as a person and becomes more aware that they are not living to their fullest potential and more like slaves despite having free will.
This book very much reminded me of The Hunger Games and what things might be like if Facebook took over the world. Overall it was an extremely exciting read and I would highly recommend it if you are into science fiction. Being more of a fantasy buff I’m not sure I’d be into reading the next book in the series seeing as one of the twists (which I won’t mention) was bit of a turn off for me, but not enough of one to destroy the enjoyment of the entire book.
Available at Amazon: Suspense, The Spencer Nye Trilogy #1
Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.