Rebecca Collins is looking forward to Acceptance ceremony and celebration ball. This rite of passage for all sixteen year old citizens divides them into two categories. They will either marry and become productive members of society, or spend their lives in the Permanent Isolation Territory (PIT) for deviants and criminals. When the Machine rejects Rebecca sending her forever into the PIT, she discovers that being smart or different threatens the Cardinal and his rule over the country.
Negovetich’s first book in the Acceptance series, Rite of Rejection, is a young adult dystopian tale. It contains a megalomaniac ruler wanting unquestioning subjects and the gratuitous love triangle as seen in many books of this type. Other than Rebecca, the characters are not well developed. Rebecca is not a strong protagonist and spends most of her time in the background being indecisive and needy. The book is written with an overabundance of passive voice and use of adverbs.
While it is not the worst book I have ever read, it needs a lot of work to become a better book. It is a fast read for most adults due to the seventh grade writing style. There is also a repetitive use of certain phrases, sometimes within a few paragraphs of one another. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. 2 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.