Book Review | Poster Girl by Veronica Roth

Monday, January 2, 2023


Sonya Kantor knows this slogan — she lived by it for most of her life. For decades, everyone in the Seattle-Portland megalopolis lived under it, as well as constant surveillance in the form of the Insight, an ocular implant that tracked every word and every action, rewarding or punishing by a rigid moral code set forth by the Delegation.

Then there was a revolution. The Delegation fell. Its most valuable members were locked in the Aperture, a prison on the outskirts of the city. And everyone else, now free from the Insight’s monitoring, went on with their lives.

Sonya, former poster girl for the Delegation, has been imprisoned for ten years when an old enemy comes to her with a deal: find a missing girl who was stolen from her parents by the old regime, and earn her freedom. The path Sonya takes to find the child will lead her through an unfamiliar, crooked post-Delegation world where she finds herself digging deeper into the past — and her family’s dark secrets — than she ever wanted to.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts: This was a fun and quick read. I think I finished it in about 24 hours. I am a huge fan of the Divergent series, so I figured i would enjoy this book as well.

I liked Sonya a lot, but I think Alex was my favorite character. I knew there was more to him than what we see when we first meet him.

The Aperture was an interesting “prison” system. It is almost like it’s own little city, except you cannot leave the “city limits” ever. And, nobody really knows what’s on the other side anymore because they have all been in the Aperture for a decade.

The Insight is actually quite a scary concept. Who would want every single thing they do monitored?! Every thing you see, say, etc. A bit creepy if you ask me. But, I really like how it was incorporated into this story.

I think the conclusion of the mystery of Grace was a little anti-climatic. I guess I expected something more. What Sonya finds out is huge, but I don’t know, I guess there was a lot of buildup and I expected something different maybe.

The ending of the book was good as well. No cliff-hangers or loose ends.

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