This is a hard book to rate. It's probably around 3.5 stars for me, which is a little disappointing considering how great it started out. It seemed like everything (semi) wrapped up in the last 40 pages. It left so many loose ends and I felt like it was just rushed. Also, I felt like there was a few things that just didn't fit.....*cough, Simone scene, cough*. Seriously?! It seemed a little radical and out of character. I get that you wanted some character growth but I think it could have been accomplished in a more believable way.
It just stinks, I was so into this book throughout the first half, it was a really interesting/frightening concept to be years ahead in a time when the church pretty much rules the World and makes/enforces the laws. Now I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being a religious person. People have the right to believe in whatever they choose to and as long as they don't get aggressive or try to push their beliefs on me, then I'm cool. That being said, the world Hillary Jordan created is almost a conceivable future. It wasn't something so alien that I had a hard time picturing, and to me that made it that much more scary! There was basically zero tolerance for some of the rights women hold dear. Then throw in the mix the whole "chromed" punishment which was very interesting. It seems like a horrible idea but then at the same time it sure would be nice to have some criminals, lets say child molesters for instance marked in that way. I mean you could be sure you and your children steer clear of any "blue people". I guess I can just see the benefits of such a system too. Especially considering how flawed our jail system is.
So basically I did enjoy this book and it was a really interesting story but the end definitely left a lot to be desired in my opinion.