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Daughter4254 used to think life in a community where art, music and names are outlawed would suffocate her creative spirit. Now that she’s rotting in a prison cell, she’s not sure her dying mother made the right choice when she entrusted her with the secrets of rebellion. Prison has given her plenty of time to relive every mistake and lose all hope.
Then she meets Thomas, a fellow inmate, who tells her stories of the mythical mountain colonies where people have names and the arts thrive. Together they plot an escape, knowing if they fail, they will die. Or worse, their consciousness will be taken by the MindWipe, leaving their bodies free for the government to use. When nothing goes as planned, Daughter4254 must choose between using her mother’s secret to better the world she hates, or following Thomas to the quiet life of freedom she has always craved.
I really enjoyed this book! I didn’t realize how boring life could be without the creative arts! The chapters alternate between before and after. After with daughter 4254 being in prison for crimes unknown. Before finds 4254 mourning the loss of her mother and trying to make better for her family and her future by attending secondary school. Yes, eventually the before and the after do intersect and we learn why she ends up there. I, however, am not going to spoil the surprise! I love dystopian in general and this one does not disappoint.