My rating: 2 of 5 stars
**I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review**
I was hooked when I first read the blurb for Sunlight 24. The idea seemed so original that I just had to read this book to find out more. And it started good. At the beginning, I would’ve rated this book a 4, and if I didn’t have to finish it, that’s what it would’ve gotten. Unfortunately though, by the middle of the book it was down to a 3 and then after the ending, well, you see where it lands.
So what didn’t work for me? My expectations for this one were for an original sci-fi story that could examine the repercussions of a class system. An examination that would, as all good sci-fi does, shine a light on our modern society. What I got was sci-fi lite. What I got was more of a YA book about whiny, privileged teenagers. I wanted to be shown more of the fascinating world Merritt Graves created. You know, the wide world beyond high school walls.
But right to the end, the reader is never shown this. We see nothing beyond the bland existence of a main character who lusts after a girl and uses genetic revisions and nano-implants to somehow be worthy of her. It serves as a weak storyline that portrays one of a very few female characters in a shallow light. And then there’s the antagonist for our angst-ridden MC who adds no depth to the tale at all. We’re told he’s a psychopath and that’s why he does everything he does. It’s too easy, and this reader would’ve appreciated more reason.
I wanted to like this book for its original concept. But in the end, what could’ve been revelatory descended into just more of the same.