Book review: Generation Manifestation

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Today, I’ll be reviewing a book from my Magical readathon tbr (which you can check out here!); Generation Manifestation by Steven Bereznai. This fullfills the prompt of “book I don’t know much about”.


Generation Manifestation by Steven Bereznai

Genres: YA, Sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia

Blurb:

TESTING DAY IS COMING.

The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (DNA regulars) and superpowered Supergenics now live separately from each other—the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City; the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But some dreg parents bear Supergenic children; under repressive laws, they must be sent to live with their own kind.

THEY ARE GEN M.

To find these special few, every teen faces Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest powers like the heroes in the comic book propaganda she loves. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs.

How much is Caitlin willing to sacrifice to be a supergirl?

When she uncovers dark secrets, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth?

And…who will pay the price?

Find out in Generation Manifestation

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A picture of the author Steven Bereznai

Bestselling, award-winning author, Steven Bereznai is known for writing speculative fiction that can be a little dark, but always fast, fun, and fierce. Drawing on his own experience as an Achillean neurodivergent outsider, his heroines and heroes often get beaten down, but, bruises and all, they find a way to stagger across the finish line.

For more on his GEN M series: www.GenerationManifestation.com
For more on his Queeroes series: www.Queeroes.ca

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Review

Well, this is better than I thought it would be! It has become quite hard for me to find a good distopian book with fantasy/sci-fi mixed in. Luckily, this fits right in and I couldn’t be more happier to receive an ecopy from the author in exchange of an honest review; this hasn’t affected my opinions.

The writing style is really fantastic and made it super easy to follow the story. This seems to me like a mix of Dystopia (The Hunger Games for example) and Fantasy (Amari and the Night Brothers as an example), I think. There’s the concept of having powers–known as manifesting in the book–which would make you get a place at Jupiter city where all those Supergenics are. If you end up not manifesting, you’re assigned a job basically (those who haven’t manifested are called dregs) and it sucks usually.

Our MC really wants to manifest and this is her last chance of doing do, so there’s extra pressure to prove herself. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan and she finds herself in a tricky situation. I’m trying not to include any spoilers, so let’s just say that she either has to become one of her “enemies” ot live the rest of her life in misery.

I really liked how the story was going and the plotline was quite intriguing. I was invested since the beginning, I think the first less than 100 pages are the best. It lost a bit of its intrigue around the middle for me, but thankfully it’s quite a fast read so it didn’t drag on for long and things got a lot better sooner than expected. It’s also unpredictable, which made it more fascinating for me. Once you open it, you’ll have a hard time putting it down until and unless you reach the end.

4 stars

What are YOU reading?!? And what do you think of Generation Manifestation?

Deyae
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