Monday, February 28, 2022

Surrogate Colony by Boshra Rasti - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Surrogate Colony
Boshra Rasti
264 Pages
December 19, 2021
Atmosphere Press

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In MicroScrep, a post-pandemic world, one politician, Arthur Mills, brings all scientists and engineers together to create a vaccine and rebuild a world where harmony ensues. What results is a society where algorithms control who you marry, who your child is, and what position you have.

Adriana Buckowski is not normal. Her eyes are two different colors, making her less susceptible to the system’s propaganda, she has a unique connection with a boy named Zach, and she has questions. Weird occurrences happen as she gets closer to her Calling Ceremony, where she’ll be given a position. When she finally starts piecing together the twisted motives at play in MicroScrep, she becomes a cog in the wheel of the state.

Her only option for survival lies with Zach, and the hope that she will be vindicated through a vigilante group off-grid. But with time ticking against her, will she survive long enough to be redeemed?

My Review
Surrogate Colony is a dystopian novel set in a post-pandemic world. Everyone lives in harmony, and sickness no longer seems to exist. Everyone who lives in this world is controlled based on algorithms. People are paired with a marriage partner based on data. They receive a child based on data. Their job is based on data. Everyone is strictly controlled. Citizens are also endowed with X-Ray vision and are required to scan for disease/viruses constantly to make sure they're safe. But the main character. Adriana, has heterochromia, and because of that, she sees things differently. She starts to question the world they live in, and soon, she realizes things may not be as perfect as everyone thinks. 
I really enjoyed this novel. I love dystopian fiction, so as soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this. I'm so glad I did. It's really good.
The characters are well-written and seem like real people you might know in real life. The world-building is great, and the imagery it conjures really makes you feel as though you're living in this post-pandemic world too. The plot is engaging and immediately sucks you in, and there are a few twists within the pages to keep you hooked while reading. It also has potential triggers, so sensitive readers may want to proceed with caution.
Surrogate Colony reminded me a bit of the Eve trilogy by Anna Carey, the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, and even a little bit of Divergent. And, of course, The Handmaid's Tale, but I've never read the books or seen the show (although I know enough about it because I have friends who talk about it). 
If you're a fan of dystopian fiction (or any of the books mentioned above), and you're looking for something that will leave you breathless by the end, check out Surrogate Colony. You won't be disappointed.
5 stars!

Author Bio:

Boshra Rasti was raised in British Columbia, Canada and works as an expatriate teacher in Qatar. She received a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Royal Roads University, which proved a fateful blow to her belief in anything hierarchical. However, it did spark her desire to flee from the real world and start writing about other ones. When she is not working to earn a living, she enjoys the escape that reading and writing lend her. She also enjoys physical running, even if it is of the sadistic variety in Qatar.

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Copy of the book, 2 winners


1 comment:

  1. The Surrogate Colony's plot sounds awesome! I'm excited to read more of how Adriana survives with Zach in MicroScrep!


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