by Jennifer Bardsley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
This was a really eye-opening read! It's a realistic prediction of what our society might become in the very near future that is almost scary! With a completely original storyline, I was completely absorbed from the very first page and found myself unable to put this amazing book down! With society brainwashed by technology and the vestals brainwashed by purity, it was enthralling to watch them meet on middle ground with Blanca and Seth. I loved going on the journey while Blanca discovered feelings and how to think for herself after much trial and error. The romance between her and Seth was sweet throughout all the road bumps. The writing was exquisite with lots of attention to emotional detail and the complexity of the society was extremely well thought out! This was an incredibly great story of self-discovery that will make you pause and think about the world around you and what we may become!