Seeking Incandescence by Kristen Flood
Inno shouldn’t exist. But she does. She is very real. Born illegally outside of the breeding facilities, she has been raised to believe that it is her duty to infiltrate Ares Academy and take down the government. But can she fit in with the obedient masses of the military? Pepper should be dead. She should have had her memories wiped and been placed on the streets to die. But she was immune. She has spent her life undergoing experiment after experiment and now has been charged with one task. But can she be trusted to spy for her captors? Mint is a military officer. The Seers have deemed him worthy of joining Ares Academy. There he will be molded into the perfect solider, the unshakable image of obedience, efficiency, and apathy. But what if there was another way? Is standing up worth standing out?
Kristen Flood is a YA science fiction author and poet. At twenty-two, Kristen published her first book, The Museum: A Collection of Dark Poetry. Now twenty-three, she has released her second book, Seeking Incandescence. Kristen lives in Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not writing or chasing her toddler she spends her time cramming for tests and turning in last minute assignments at the University of Missouri St. Louis. Kristen plans to release two books in the coming year but until then she is just trying to get through finals.
This is a dystopian world controlled by the government. The only kids born are in breeding programs and people are placed by the government for their jobs. Inno was born illegally and trained to take down the government. Pepper was supposed to be destroyed but she was immune and has now become a spy. Then there is Mint, he is a sent to Ares Academy to become the perfect soldier. But what happens if that is not what they want. Will they have the strength to fight back?
I really enjoy dystopian stories and this is one that I’m adding to my shelf. This is a bleak world under the strict control of the Seer. Any form of creativity has been banned. You are given your orders for your role in life and are expected to perform them. If not you will have your memories erased. All three kids were great characters, they were strong and found a way to fight the system. I really like the background information on Pepper, I do wish we could have learned more about Inno and Mint.
The thing that I didn’t like was the fact that you bounce between Inno, Pepper, and Mint each chapter. The problem was there was no clear break which who you were reading. It was a little disruptive trying to figure out who we were following.
Beyond that, I think this is a great start to a new dystopian series and I can’t wait to read other books by Kristen Flood.
I received Seeking Incandescence from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.