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This title is certainly not categorised under YA (young adult) Fiction, but it should be.
After a promising start, I slowly started to wonder whether I had accidentally purchased a YA title. Its derivative pastiche, unsophisticated, somewhat fatuous style led me to conclude it was. But no it's supposedly aimed at a grown-up reader.
Put simply, its' underlying premise is part Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, part Hunger Games, with a sprinkling of Margaret Atwood wannabe over the whole post-apocalyptic melange. Discerning readers of SF will get very impatient with the immaturity of this writer I think.
Not even Judd's wonderfully humanising narration can salvage this one.