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My Ratings : 1 star
About this Book :
As soon as the government passed legislation allowing humans to be genetically engineered and sold as pets, the rich and powerful rushed to own beautiful girls like Ella. Trained from birth to be graceful, demure, and above all, perfect, these “family companions” enter their masters’ homes prepared to live a life of idle luxury.
Ella is happy with her new role as playmate for a congressman’s bubbly young daughter, but she doesn’t expect Penn, the congressman’s handsome and rebellious son. He’s the only person who sees beyond the perfect exterior to the girl within. Falling for him goes against every rule she knows… and the freedom she finds with him is intoxicating.
But when Ella is kidnapped and thrust into the dark underworld lurking beneath her pampered life, she’s faced with an unthinkable choice. Because the only thing more dangerous than staying with Penn’s family is leaving… and if she’s unsuccessful, she’ll face a fate far worse than death.
This book is not dystopian. It’s stupid. The world is pretty much the same as ours except they breed teenage girls and sells them as a pet. Ugh, disgusting, also the reason given here is only the elite can have a human pet and that’s a show of status. And this whole pet thing is LEGAL. Firstly, that’s insane, even in such a world, who would let girls live as a pet. There’s chance of abuse, molestation. And if there are girl pets, why not boy pets as well? And let’s just say they’re just for show. What’s the point? There’s no way such law can be passed, it’d be political suicide and yet there’s nothing explaining how or why it has happened. And these girls who are sold to old wealthy men to be sexually obsessed aren’t even spayed(their word not mine) and don’t have basic sex ed. Yep, they don’t even know about kissing.
I think there is no plot. A girl pet gets taken, she’s cared for, showed off , then she falls in love, and the MASTER (I despise the word) wants to f*ck her. But she feels it is wrong even though she’s been brainwashed into believing that others’ happiness mean more than her own. There’s a romance between her and Penn (who’s the Master’s son) and there’s mention of a previous pet as well. And that’s basically it. I wouldn’t spoil the ending (for whomever may want to read this book despite all this negative ramble) but I’ll say that i didn’t like anything about this book except the ending.
Then there’s the characters:
Penn, a wannabe musician whose father wants him to do something practical that’ll help him earn his livelihood. Ella, the pet who is gorgeous, yet dumb (but you can’t blame her because she was bred like that). There’s the disgusting Master who is also a congressman and helped pass the law that makes SLAVERY legal. I’m literally cringing writing about him. And then there’s his wife whom I just don’t understand. Too many contradictions. One character I do like is Penn’s sister (I forgot her name though). But I only like her because she’s a kid and she is nice to Ella. She is also a nerd and a loner and I see a little bit of my childhood in her.
Even the writing style is moderate and not exceptionally well. I’m not picking up the sequel or ANY other book by this author anytime soon. I spent 2 hours of my time on this book and I’m never getting them back.