Review: Flash Point by Nancy Kress

Flash Point
Release Date: November 8 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenille
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Genre: YA/Fiction
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:
Reality TV meets a chillingly realistic version of America—and the fame game is on!

Amy had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is desperate for any job that will help support her terminally ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a new reality TV show, she signs on the dotted line, despite her misgivings. And she’s right to have them. TLN’s Who Knows People, Baby—You? has an irresistible premise: correctly predict what the teenage cast will do in a crisis and win millions. But the network has pulled strings to make it work, using everything from 24/7 hidden cameras to life-threatening technology to flat-out rigging. Worse, every time the ratings slip, TLN ups the ante. Soon Amy is fighting for her life—on and off camera.

My Thoughts:

I really, really wanted to all out love this book and there were parts that I really enjoyed but if fell kind of flat for me. The general premise of the book was interesting and I enjoyed that the character's were in a reality t.v show but the back story just wasn't doing it for me. 

I enjoyed the characters. They seemed pretty well developed and dynamic and they meshed well with each other. The editing really bothered me with this one though. There were some blatant errors in the editing of this book and I just couldn't look past it.

I did read the entire book because it felt like it was leading up to something great. The book had all the great tools to build up the suspense and produce something really great but it didn't. The book just never piqued for me. The situations that the character's are put into (even though it was for reality t.v) were just not interesting enough.

The villain Myra was great and during the book Nancy hinted that there might be some underlying cause for her villainy but I never found out what that was. It would have made it all that more interesting if I could have found out the reason for her being so heartless.

This could have been a really great book. All the elements were there but like I said it never quite made it there and unfortunately fell flat.

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  1. I know Nancy Kress is an adult writer, and I've heard that her attempt at YA just didn't stand up to her adult novels. That's such a disappointment, but I'm sure I'll pick this one up eventually just because I love the cover! Thanks for the honest review!

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