Review: MISSING PIECES by Meredith Tate
Heat Level: 1. It's YA so I get it. There's one scene where sex is definitely implied, but not explicitly described.
Synopsis: Tracey Bailey and Piren Allston are best friends that aren't supposed to be. They live in a society that pairs each person with a Partner when they are a year old. The Partner system is supposed to maintain order, conceive the government allowed two children per family without genetic defect and ensure the nuclear hetero-normative family continues on in a world where overpopulation, divorce and STDs threatened to destroy modern society. Affairs or any type of relationship beyond your assigned Partner is punishable by death by exile.
Yet, as societal expectations continue to try to pull them apart, Tracy and Piren keep running into each others' lives.
Review: Now, this is the part where I get to squeal. I loved this book! Really, loved it. I have an electronic copy but I plan on buying a paperback version to gift to my teenage sister-in-law because she (and her friends) HAVE to read this.
It reminded me a lot of Margaret Atwood's THE HANDMAID'S TALE but had a sweet love story that you could really get behind. Consider this THE HANDMAID'S TALE "LITE" or, at the very least, an introductory text to Atwood's. Where I read Atwood's novel in high school, I could easily see my middle school avid reader self really enjoying this text. Although, it will depend on the maturity of the reader.
As the author takes the reader through the life stories of Piren and Tracey, show you the battles they each face in their family lives, the internal dialogue of them fighting their feelings, show them together as children...the reader can't help but fall in love with them forever.
I definitely had a few moments where I felt like this:
I've found myself thinking about their story, the complexities of the lives of the minor characters and what happens after the book ends for weeks now. I can't get these characters out of my head. To me, that is the sign of a great book with rich and dynamic character development. I wish I could draw so I could draw fanart of this. I can imagine a million different fanfiction AU stories for this couple.
In the end, I'm Team Tracy and Piren all the way.