Worthy Reads 6

Most Wanted 
by Lisa Scottoline

Looking for a unique thriller with an interesting spin? Most Wanted might be for you. Christine and Marcus Nilsson are a happily married couple struggling with infertility. When they decide to use a donor, their marriage ends up taking on a new and unfamiliar form. When a news story breaks about a serial killer that strongly resembles their donor, Marcus isn’t sure he wants to keep the baby while Christine just wants answers.

The positives: A lot of detail about infertility; I found it especially interesting to learn the ins and outs. The plot is quite involved and keeps you on your toes guessing how a person/clue will be significant in solving the mystery.

The negatives: Info dumping on areas a crime novel fan should already know about—the basics of law, etc. The plot felt very disjointed and had several threads that felt completely unrelated.  There were a several downright unbelievable parts to this storyline.

I found this story to be very far-fetched and unbelievable. At the end of the day, I wish I hadn’t read this book. But, you may feel differently.

Caste 
by RaeLynn Fry

What would you do to protect your family? How far would you go?

Seventeen-year-old Karis Singh’s little brother is dying, and the Corporation’s Analysis has concluded that he’s not worth saving. One thing is stopping her from going into the city and stealing the medicine herself—the tattooed mark that physically bars her from entering. The only way around that is to get it altered in the Black Market—an act that carries the possibility of a horrific and slow death—guaranteeing her the access she needs.

Willing to do whatever it takes, she accepts the help of the mysterious Ethan, a boy with an agenda of his own and who knows too much about the enemy. As her time in the city passes, dark secrets are uncovered about the Corporation and what really happened to her brother. When the tables turn and the stakes get higher, Karis is forced to align herself with the deadliest beast of all, risking everything to save her brother.

Caste is a young adult dystopian novel with the flavor of similar YA novels The Giver and The Hunger Games. Set in a flawed society clearly highlighting the divide between the upper and middle classes, where greedy corporations have an overabundance of power, Caste is the first in a series of four: three full-length novels—the third will be released in 2018—and a novella.

It never ceases to surprise me the quality, diversity and maturity that young adult books contain. This one just may be for you.