Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A Thompson

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Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support Tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.

But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.

Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.

He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with Tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

Note: I was provided a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This novel starts when Sophia is inspecting her father’s property and meets an interesting stranger. Sophia herself is, at this point of the novel, as much a stranger to us as the boy she meets. We are given no further background than that she has a dog called ‘Argos’ and a passion for throwing knives. I was immediately intrigued. Noticing very little of my long train ride from Edinburgh to London, I finished this book in one sitting.

The characters’ backgrounds are only slowly revealed. Though this is occasionally a bit confusing, it makes for a novel that is hard to put down. I read on and on to find out more about the exiting past lives of well-rounded characters that slowly grew dearer and dearer to me. Who wouldn’t want to know if their friends worked for illegal rebel groups? However, this lack of information becomes a bit bothersome when the drug ‘Tomo’ is introduced and one of Sophia’s friends explains that many states are fighting bloody wars because of it. The novel is very focused on Sophia’s surroundings and the things that go on in her life, but doesn’t ‘zoom out’ enough to explain what is actually going on in the world she lives in. I would be very interested to know more about the war they are fighting, or the ruling of the State. In a way, this lack of information, together with its open ending, sets the novel up for a sequel in which these questions might be answered.

Thompson’s writing style is very gripping and her story only keeps moving forward. There is not one dull moment in the novel. She conveys the atmosphere of each scene very well and writes interesting dialogue. The only thing that felt a bit odd is that Sophia keeps referring to her male friends as ‘boys’. In my opinion, teenagers of 15 years old or up usually believe themselves to be too mature to be called ‘children’ or ‘boys and girls’ and certainly don’t refer to each other in this way. Especially teenagers like Noah, who have lived through so many horrible events and play a key role in an uprising, feel too mature to be called ‘boy’. The novel almost feels like a video game: Thompson remains very close to the action, making the characters’ panic, excitement or pain feel very real. Take Me Tomorrow is a very intense, but rewarding read.

In conclusion? I recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian novels that depart from what is now the Hunger Games/  Divergent model. The heroine, Sophia, is a very ordinary, brave and strong girl who lives in a world that may be horrible to live in, but proves a very interesting setting for a story. I can only hope there will be a sequel. :)

You can find more information about this book on Shannon A Thompson’s website.

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