Synopsis- Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
Review- I love dystopians. I love them so much I devour them. The premise of this book is so unique. Most of the other dystopians I’ve read have very similar storylines, this one is just so different. It really seems like a plausible future for our world, where internet access is already a huge part of our lives and already for us it would be utter chaos if we had to go without it. The main character, Blanca, has lived a sheltered life so shes never been online and has absolutely no virtual foot print. Which makes her extremely valuable in her society. Once she graduates the Vestal society, she is auctioned off to the highest bidder. She is purchased by a middle aged man named Cal McNeal. Just like that she is a geisha, meaning she was sold to an individual rather than a company which is seen as less than. This book is seriously a roller coaster you need to experience. I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this book and Jennifer Bardsley is an incredibly talented author.