Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so good! But also scary… I definitely didn’t see the robot twist coming at the end and I’m still figuring out whether I like it or not… First, the way the girls were so indoctrinated (is that the right word?) that they would allow the men to do whatever they wanted was terrible, but it goes to show you that if you repeat something to someone long enough they will begin to believe it. The next book which I believe is coming out next spring could not be released any faster. I have no idea how I’m going to be able to wait an entire year for it! Usually I try to only read series once all their books have been released, but with this one, I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel. The book was so well written; I was literally getting scared last night at midnight when I was staying up to finish it. I also really appreciate how Suzanne Young wrote Jackson. She gave him an important part in the climax, but it was secondary to Mena’s. He did end up helping, but it wasn’t a knight in shining armor coming to save the day moment which I really appreciate. I was also so (guiltily) satisfied when the girls killed Guardian Bose; in my mind he was the worst of all the faculty and just had to go. As backwards as it is, I kind of liked Anton and it was sad to see him become an evil character. This book really hit home with all the feels too, especially anger towards the mistreatment of the girls. It was also super fun to be in the same boat as Mena and her friends intelligence wise and not having either one of us knowing more than the other about the institute. I really liked having the truth be revealed to all of us at the same time. I also was horrified as we started to learn what had actually happened in the past including the impulse control therapies and how their memories of their ‘parents’ were fabricated; (that parent part was also very sad). Also, there were so many scenes where I was sure they were going to get caught by Bose and killed or scent to impulse control therapy especially at the movie theater with Jackson, and I was so relieved when they weren’t. But when Bose caught Mena reading the book, it was so out of the blue. Not that that was a bad thing, actually, in my opinion that scene was perfectly written because Mena wouldn’t have seen the Guardian coming so, it was good to be a complete surprise. This book was so amazing it defies explanation, all you need to know is that you must go read it now! XD