Monday, March 3, 2014

Blog Tour: (Review) Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds

My feature in this tour is a review. Read on...
When I started reading Peaceful Genocide, I wasn't exactly sure that I'd like it. Surprise, surprise! I was hooked. Not in a wow, it's amazing! kind of way. But I liked it a lot. 
Writing style:
Good. Flows well. A little too descriptive occasionally, but otherwise it was hooky. When not too detailed, the narrative was interesting, objective and realistic.
The story was told in 3rd person, alternating from Mitzi's and Deuce's POVs.
Story line:
Four teenagers are taken in a testing center because they've got extraordinarily detailed memories. Something feels wrong from the beginning though, so they try to escape.
It strange to see those kids as test rats in an environment that had the potential to turn deadly.
-Being a genius isn't always good. 
-Teamwork is important.
-Observance can save your life.
Mitzi was a genius with an IQ greater than 180. She was the only one who knew that something with that study was wrong. Way wrong. But every time she gathered enough clues, the scientists would wipe her brain off her memories. And none of the other kids actually believed her. Bold and brave Mitzi stood, even though she's suffered through too much in her brief life (abuse, neglect, violation). And she still kept on fighting.
Duce was the physically adept one. He, like the rest of them, had a knack of remembering even the smallest details. That's what made him a super star quarterback. He was trusting and wanted to complete the study so he'd have money for college. Never in his boldest dreams did he imagined that college would be the least of his worries once the study was over.
Ralph had a special ability of his own. It wasn't explained very well how exactly he did it, but he could create fire from within  himself. Still though, even with this super power, he was just a kid, who was too trusting for his own good.
Paisley was the girl with unlimited amount of energy. A thief by making, but an innocent child at heart. Even the darkest of scenarious were unseen by her. True, she was more suspicious than Ralph, but not enough. What was unique about her was that she was the first to start cracking Mitzi's walls.
Mark was a truly evil man. The person behind all those studies. The revelations of the last chapters... gosh. He was a monster.
Ikea always seemed to be a cold-blooded woman. Tough. Detached. But that didn't turn out to be true in the end, did it?

My rating is:

Book details:

Peaceful Genocide by J.A. Reynolds
Publication date: November 25th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult


Seventeen-year-old Mitzi and Deuce can recall how many drops of water were on a leaf from a rainstorm five years ago and conversations from last week, month, or year. They have the ability to remember every second of everyday—since birth.

This gift has blessed Mitzi with a history of being sexually assaulted by researchers and abused by her own parents. She trusts no one. Likes no one. Deuce, however, is a high school standout. His gift has made him a superstar on the football field and his memory promises him endless opportunities.

When they both end up at an Alzheimer’s research facility under false proviso, they quickly realize this place isn’t what it seems to be. They endure crazy military-style tests, are forcefully drugged, and complete real-life simulations that haunt them.

Mitzi and Deuce have no idea what the researchers want to do with them or their memories. But one thing is clear: the researchers will go to any lengths to get what they want.



JA Reynolds lives in the Midwest with a normal family, raising a normal daughter, with some abnormal pets. It’s extraordinarily ordinary.

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