Lux and Lies by Meg Collett
Published by Meg Collett on May 2, 2017
Series: Whitebird Chronicles, #1
Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, science fiction, young adult
Format & Pages: e-book, 256
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Mr. Robot meets UnReal in a story of celebrities and anarchists, reality shows and evil corporations, romance and self-discovery.
Nineteen-year-old Wren Iver is nothing more than a dying girl with cancer, but when megastar Sloan Lux dies right before filming starts on the year’s most anticipated reality show, producers scramble to secretly replace her—with Wren. She’s swept into Hollywood and promised a cure by VidaCorp, the nation’s richest pharmaceutical company, for simply replacing Lux. It’s a deal Wren can’t refuse.
The decision could get her killed, because she isn’t the only cast member with ulterior motives.
The Whitebirds, a social anarchist group, has infiltrated the show, and they’ll stop at nothing to use Sloane Lux’s fame to derail VidaCorp’s efforts to legalize their controversial, life-changing drug—a drug that might kill more people than it saves. Caught in the middle of a game between a powerful corporation and ruthless anarchist group, Wren will do anything to survive.
Will Wren secure the drug she needs to survive, or will she become another casualty in the anarchists’ fight against VidaCorp?
To be completely honest, what initially drew me to this book was the cover. I mean, seriously, how beautiful is it?! Then I read the description and knew it was going to be something I would love. And that turned out to be absolutely right!
Lux and Lies is a dystopian science fiction with a bit of mystery. I felt a lot of influences that helped shape the story (your popular dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent come to mind, as well as science fiction like I, Robot, reality shows, and many others as well which I won’t mention because spoilers), but this novel combined all of these with an interesting and unique spin that is entirely its own. The beginning was a bit slow, but it didn’t take me too long to get into it and the pace picked up exponentially as the story progressed.
This is the first book I’ve read by Collett, and I now see why her novels are rated so highly on Goodreads. The characters she developed here were realistically complex, and their relationships and interactions felt incredibly authentic. Vivid descriptions set a scene that was very easy to imagine. With a cinematic quality (and not just because of the reality show setting), I can definitely see this being turned into a movie.
There were several plot twists in this story, most of which I saw coming but one that surprised me, even though it made perfect sense after the fact. I can definitely see myself rereading this just to pick out some of the nuances that were missed the first time. An incredibly engaging and well thought out story, I highly recommend Lux and Lies to anyone looking for a good young adult dystopian!
*Many thanks to Meg Collett and Xpresso Book Tours for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.