Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Review: The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Doubt Factory is an exciting page turner, that also gets you thinking about our legal system and how it can be manipulated.

Alix leads a pretty normal life, for a rich teenager. She attends a private school, has some friends, and her home life is pretty normal even though her father is a work-a-holic.

Things fall apart when Alix realizes she is the target of a stalker. Strange things happen at school, but the same kid keeps appearing, and Alix is confused. All he says is, "ask your dad -- he knows what this is about." So, she asks her dad. But he doesn't know anything.

As things come to a head, the stalker tries to convince Alix that her dad is the president of a public relations company that has caused hundreds of people's deaths, because they keep the truth about dangerous products from the public He tries to get Alix to help them expose her father for what he truly is. He and his rag-tag crew have all been hurt by something her father has made millions of dollars on by covering up the dangers.

So, should she believe him? Does she believe all these horrible things about her dad? Alix begins to do some investigating herself, and what she finds puts her in a lot of danger.

I really loved this story. Bacigalupi really makes you feel for these characters. The gang of misfits who are highly intelligent come up with some creative ways to elude the authorities. I also loved Alix's brother, who is the trouble maker in the family, but ends up being an OK kid.

There's some romance, and I won't go into detail, but it's OK. I feel like since this is YA, it is a requirement, but I didn't feel it necessary.

The story is well paced and interesting. Although you think you may know what is going to happen, I think you will be surprised.

Recommend The Doubt Factory to those who like adventure, suspense, and survival stories, with a little spying mixed in.

Published by Little, Brown BFYR, October 14, 2014
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
496 pages

Rating: 4.5/5

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1 comment:

  1. I had no idea he was coming out with a new book! I like the sound of this one and I agree with the unnecessary romance. I wish it wasn't tacked on if it is not important to the story.


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