Under My Skin

Under My SkinUnder My Skin by Shawntelle Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Under My Skin is definitely one of the most inventive, dynamic, and fast paced dystopian novels I have ever read. The characters are awesome, the world building is great, and the will keep you hooked until the very last page. Is it as good as The Hunger Games or the first installment in the Divergent trilogy? Almost, but not quite. It misses that mark because while I LOVED (x 8 million) this book and think it’s a fantastic start to a series that I will pre-order and stand by the mailbox on release day for it under explains certain elements and seems to only touch on things that should be explored more deeply.

Tate and Quinn’s friendship seems to come out of no where. I totally disagree with the claims of insta-love, completely, but I think their friendship would have seemed more natural to the reader had the author made the reader more aware of Quinn’s presence in the story before he was on Team Tate. She does briefly mention him, but doesn’t give the reader the impression that he’s to be a main character and this kind of gave me whiplash when he was finally inserted into the story in such a vital way.

A lot of the major “story elements” (this is what I’m going to call them to avoid spoilers) are not explained until almost 80% into the story. This would have been totally fine except we are not given any indication that it’s going to be explained at all. Tate never says, “but I don’t even know what that is!” or “What’s happening to me?! How did this happen?!” She just seems to accept nuclear bomb information about her ordeal without asking any additional questions. She also doesn’t seek out any additional knowledge from people around her that she’s beginning to trust. So throughout the first 75% of the novel I was thinking that the author just didn’t want to do the work to come up with explanations for the major story elements and the reader was supposed to just accept it. I was elated to finally get some info at 80%, but it was a little too late in the story without some prior indication that it was coming.

I loved Tate. She’s a nearly perfect female heroine. She’s strong, but not overtly so. She’s kind, cares about her family, doesn’t hate other women for no reason. She’s smart and resourceful. She’s compassionate. The author did a great job with her characterization. Shes the full package. You’ll love her too!

Again, this book is absolutely fantastic and the issues I had with it are not enough to keep me from telling every person I know and meet how much I think they should read it. There were so many twists and turns in it (I audibly gasped several times!) that I wanted to read the entire thing in one sitting (damn you, responsibilities!). If you’re a fan of the genre (or not), read this book!

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