Parched – Georgia Clark

Parched

Georgia Clark

Rate: 3

This book is proof that teenagers can’t be special operatives or anything of the sort. I’m not saying that they can’t be revolutionaries or protesters, but normally, they are too impulsive to pull off heists or retrieval missions. I knew this book was going to be a bit annoying when Kudzu, the revolutionary group of the book, states that their mission statement is to better conditions for the people living in the Badlands, but their first big mission is to steal a liquid that can kill an artificial intelligence robot. I get that when used for its intended purpose, the robot will indirectly kill thousands of people in the Badlands, but shouldn’t the group’s first mission be something more manageable, like blowing up the dam that stops the water from following into the Badlands? So of course things don’t go exactly according to plan because that wouldn’t make the book interesting and the teens who form Kudzu rush into things. Nonetheless, by the end of the book, there are a couple of casualties in the Kudzu group, almost everyone from the group is injured, they don’t kill the robot because one of the members falls in love with it, and like I thought they should have done from the beginning, they finally blow up the damn dam. This book was just a roundabout way of getting to where the group should have went in the first place.

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