by Jennifer Bardsley
Series: Blank Slate #1
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publication Date: June 14th 2016 by Month9Books
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Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
What drew me in was the title of the book. It has my name on the cover! When I read what it was about, I knew I had to read it. I can barely live without my phone. I’m glued to it! The idea of someone who’s a total virgin when it comes to the Internet was mind boggling to me. In this generation, pretty much everyone has at least accessed the Internet, whether its social media or to search for an assignment.
In the world of Genesis Girl, people came up with the idea of having their children completely clean of the Internet due to an epidemic of using phones, which caused cancer. These children would grow up in a school devoid of Internet and would be auctioned off. These virginal-Internet teens were very valuable and their bidders would pay a lot of money to own one of them. They wouldn’t even have a virtual fingerprint. No one would even find a picture of them in the Internet.
For a Vestal, a clear Internet history is the most important thing. Without that, I’m nothing. Our elusive privacy is what makes us valuable.
Blanca is taught to receive orders and comply them. She doesn’t have a mind of her own, thoughts of her own. Everything she does has to come from someone ordering her to do it. She won’t make decisions. They have to be made for her. This would frustrate me so much. I get that that’s how she was raised, but it was sad to see her being so lost without having anything to do. I loved the first page of Genesis Girl. Blanca is kicking someone’s ass! So for me to later find out she’s not like that was disappointing. Throughout the novel, Blanca grows so much! It was so gratifying to read.
Overall, Genesis Girl is a very entertaining, imaginative and unique story that will intrigue you from beginning to end.
Thanks to Bookstagram Tours and Jennifer Bardlsey for a copy of this book and for having me in the Bookstagram tour!
Are you interested in Genesis Girl? How do you feel about the thought of never going online?
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