by, Lauren McLaughlin
October 25, 2011
My thoughts...Scored provides readers with a frightening glimpse into a foreseeable future. We live in an age that changes daily with new technology. Our phones can access the Internet, track our locations, and scan bar codes. There are machines that can scan our hands and eyes, check our brainwaves and track our sleep patterns. Keeping that in mind, machines that detect emotions, read facial cues, interpret body language, and track our social patterns are not that hard to imagine. In Scored, people live in such scenario and live based on the computers interpretation of their lives. Camera's hang from virtually everywhere in this small town, recording people's every move, choice of words, friends, even what they do in their free time.
The characters in this story are divided into scored and unscored. Just by associating with an unscored, a high score could be destroyed. Imani, the heroine of the story, finds herself making some hard decisions about her future. While reading, I immediately felt her anguish. The decisions she makes now could have a huge impact on her whole future. Many of the characters in the story struggle with the control the score has over their lives.
Lauren McLaughlin crafted an interesting dystopian world. I was instantly drawn in and devoured the book. The story integrated interesting characters, romantic dilemmas, social issues, and enough action to keep me turning pages. It was an interesting concept and McLaughlin presented it in a way that leaves you thinking. There were a few things I hoped would be explored more, so my fingers are crossed for a sequel!
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