Better safe than sorry. Better calm than dead.
Nik Granjer hates the Bug. It was the Bug that destroyed the world when it wiped out more than ninety percent of humanity a hundred years ago.
Even now, the Bug kills anyone whose heart rate goes over 140 beats per minute. That’s why the Prime Administrator gave everyone the Papas—digital wrist monitors that put people to sleep when their heart rate gets too high. The Papas saved humankind.
But one night on the border of New Frisko, Nik tampers with his Papa and discovers a dreadful secret: the Bug might not be there after all. When his experiment takes a terrible turn, a brutal enforcement squad from the city forces Nik into hiding.
On the run and searching for allies, Nik’s only hope is to discover the truth about the Prime Administrator’s regime and the origins of the Bug. If he doesn’t, humankind may never break free from the conspiracy holding it in its grip.
This was a great book. A combination of sci fi/dystopia/YA, it had enough action in it to keep you reading. You didn’t know what was going to happen from chapter to chapter and it did make my heart rate go up with the action.
This books takes place 100 years after a biochemical attack wiped out 90 percent of the world population. The survivors called it the Bug and it could kill you if your heart rate went over 140. To help the survivors monitor their heart rage, the Prime Administrator developed a digital wrist monitor (the Papa)that puts the survivors asleep when their heart rates get too high.
Then you meet Nik Granjer and his friends. They like to “Push” their heart rates to the limit because, well they are 15-16 years old and kids that age like to push limits and buck the system. Nik has also figured out how to bypass getting his nightly Knockout from his Papa.
I will say that I enjoyed Nik’s character immensely. I was once a 15-16 year old who liked to push limits and he came off to me as totally realistic.
I also enjoyed the alternative spellings (Nik, Tek, Pol….etc). It added just the right flair of different to the book and kept my attention!!
I will say that there is a huge twist that I didn’t see coming. Like 100% huge and I was totally taken aback by it (just like Nik was) and a little shocked. Actually alot shocked.
The story itself was absolutely fascinating and very well written. If I had to picture a dystopian society, New Frisko would be it. Oh and it take me a minute to realize what city it was supposed to be…lol.
How many stars would I give Beat? 5
Would I reccomend to family and friends? Yes
Would I read this book again? Yes
If there was a sequel/series, would I read them? Yes
Age range? Teen on up.
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Beat will be $.99 from May 3rd to May 10th (discounted from the original price of $4.99)
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Disclaimer: I received Beat from Future House Publishing for free for my honest review. All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone.
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