Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Limit by Kristen Landon Review

"An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. 

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever. 

Kristen Landon's The Limit brings the popular dystopian thriller genre to a middle grade audience."

At first I was cautious toward The Limit. It doesn't seem to be very promising. Right? The synopsis kind of tips readers off. The government will take children away from their parents if the parents went over their limit. I think it would be more logical if they take away the parents. After all, it's the parent's fault, not the children's.

The plot was good. Every theory of the characters were somewhat involved with the plot. The plot was mostly about the search for the truth of the 'Honey Lady.' Some other parts are just smaller parts of the plot. Interestingly enough, the smaller parts, to me, are the more interesting parts.

The Limit is recommended to the Young Adult audience. Readers should be at least an elementary student and around nine or ten years old.

The writing of Kristen Landon was amazing. Usually middle grade authors are good at writing (with the exception of Twilight and Harry Potter). She was good. Descriptive. Clear. Each sentences flows well with the sentences before and after it.

(I hope there is a book after The Limit, but, unfortunately, there wasn't one. I checked. Ahh... It was a good wish).

The Limit's spotlight:

Matt... The main character. (Other than Matt, I don't remember anyone from The Limit. So I'm doing Matt's and only Matt's.) Matt is this brilliant character who is spectacular at hacking computers. He is smart, but he is not exactly knowledgeable. The Limit is majorly about Matt's journey and heist to steal knowledge from the knowing. (And that is where the hacking computers come in.)

Matt is excellent at math. He is sometimes reckless and doesn't have the "killer instinct." He's not really a person who was just do. (The Dark Knight, remember? The Joker) Instead he has this plan. And there are some people who are trying to take his little plan and wreak it. (More Joker moments. Such as good villain in  The Dark Knight. Even better than Two Face.) He doesn't chase cars. Instead he is human, and thinks it through before he chase the car. (And more Joker moments).

Anyway, in summary, The Limit was a good, refreshing read. Four out of Five. 

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