Defective is set in New York City in the year 2073. Having recognized the damage done to the planet, humans have cleaned things up quite a bit. Technology has advanced to the point of immortality, failing organs being replaced by artificial replicas. The world has only one government. The Commonwealth goes to great lengths to ensure the laws are followed. Citizens over the age of 21 follow the laws unquestioningly and there hasn’t been a violent crime as long as anyone can remember. The Outcasts are the exception. They dress and behave however they want, showing emotions other citizens are incapable of feeling. Outcasts either die or go missing by the time they are 20 years old.
Dante is a member of the Brooklyn Outcasts, a group called the Bones because of the graveyard in their Underground hangout from back in the day when mobsters ran the area. His girlfriend, Kiara, goes missing on her eighteenth birthday. He assumes she has been taken by the FRE, a police-like force responsible for imprisoning Outcasts with a high number of demerits, but it turns out to be worse. Dante does everything he can to search for Kiara, even teaming up with other boroughs of Outcasts.
After reading the description for Defective, I was excited to read it. At first, it was a bit hard to follow because the topic seemed to change pretty frequently but once I settled into the story it flowed pretty nicely. The story itself is very interesting and while I had trouble seeing some of the characters as believable, this may be due to the extreme difference in the society of a today versus the society created within the Outcast Series. There are some portions of the book where the story is inconsistent but still enjoyable. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review. I understand this likely means this book has not been through the editing process yet and many of the problems I have listed will be an easy fix. Overall, I rate Defective 2 out of 5 bookworms.
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If you were labeled as an Outcast, would you choose to remain in New York City or would you try taking your chances elsewhere? Let me know in the comments!
I received an advance reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.