Thursday, July 7, 2016

Genesis Girl (Blank Slate #1) by Jennifer Bardsley

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.

Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders.

Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.

By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.

Many years from today, people all over the world will be connected to the internet with a chip in their thumbs. No more cell phones. Cell phones are not only obsolete, but no one uses them because of the cancer epidemic. Yes... cell phones caused a cancer epidemic...

Anyways, some genius thought it would be a good idea to start a school where children would be protected from technology. When they grow up, they would have no digital footprint. Their blank history made them valuable, and companies would bid for 'vestals' during the harvest. The vestals would then be used in their advertisements, and people all over the world bought whatever they were selling because they were just mesmerized by these higher beings.

Blanca isn't just any vestal. She's the most desired girl, and her bidder pays a fortune for her. When she arrives at his mansion, she learns so much more than she ever did back at her school. She tackles on a lot of new feelings and thoughts. Add a boy to the mix, to make her mind even more confused.

Seth is a 'virus.' He's basically a blogger/journalist, always searching for the truth. He's got tattoos, rides motorcycles, and looks super hot. Seth is also the son of the man who purchased Blanca. Does he make the cut to be my YA boyfriend? Yup!

Genesis Girl satisfied my YA craving. I wasn't sure if this was going to be for me, but I ended up LOVING it. There's plenty of mystery, young romance, and even some action. I couldn't stop reading. I can't wait for book 2!