Review: Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

Book Title: Rite of Rejection
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Published Date: December 4th, 2014
Publisher: Sarah Negovetich
Genre: YA Dystopian
Book Link: Goodreads
Pre-Order Link: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Before you stands the future.”

Straight-laced, sixteen-year-old Rebecca can’t wait for her Acceptance. A fancy ball, eligible bachelors, and her debut as an official member of society. Instead, the Machine rejects Rebecca. Labeled as a future criminal, she’s shipped off to a life sentence in a lawless penal colony.

A life behind barbed-wire fences with the world’s most dangerous people terrifies Rebecca. She reluctantly joins a band of misfit teens in a risky escape plan, complete with an accidental fiancé she’s almost certain she can learn to love.

But freedom comes with a price. To escape a doomed future and prove her innocence, Rebecca must embrace the criminal within.

Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This looked really interesting, so I took a chance and requested it. When I got it, I started reading it very soon because I was afraid that waiting would diminish my excitement over this book. The first 20% was actually pretty good, I felt horrible for Rebecca once the Machine deemed her unworthy of Acceptance. She had pinned all her hopes and dreams on being Accepted and when it didn’t happen, her world crashed down around her.

Once she got to the penal colony, that’s when things really took a downward turn. There were four other misfits in her little group, but they all bored me. Their character development was virtually non-existent and there was nothing to differentiate these kids. They all acted the same, spoke the same, etc. I wanted more diversity, but I didn’t get it. 

The love triangle was a disaster. I didn’t buy it at all. One guy had no personality and the other guy gave me the creeps. It just did not work for me at all. There was never any explanation why Rebecca was attracted to these two boys. It felt like she was only attracted to them because of convenience, which really rubs me the wrong way.

This book was a real disappointment to me. It felt like a weird combo of Divergent & The Selection and while I did enjoy the Divergent trilogy as well as The Selection series, this one just wasn’t for me. It was a great concept, but it wasn’t executed well. I am giving it 2 stars. I would not recommend this book.