⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars
Title: Poster Girl
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Hodder & Stougton
Format: ARC, ebook
Publication: 18th of October 2022
Delegation has fallen. The dystopian regime was overthrown in a revolution that created a new society. As a result, those most loyal to the Delegation were locked away, together with their families, in prison called Aperture. Years later, Sonya Kantor, the face of the old propaganda posters, is given a chance at freedom in exchange for a favour. She has to find a girl who was taken away from her parents by the old regime as the ‘illegal’ second child. Given permission to leave the Aperture to complete her mission, she steps into a world she hardly recognises to unearth its secrets…
Poster Girl is a perfect dystopian novel. It has a dark and melancholic atmosphere of constant longing for the lost freedom, family or privileges. Delegation might be defeated, but it is still very much alive in the minds of those living in Aperture. Isolated from the rest of society, they live in the past. Sonya crosses into the world that moved on while still trying to make amends for the old crimes. Torn between Delegation rules that still have a strong hold on her mind and the injustice she cannot ignore any longer, she embarks on a journey that proves more dangerous than she predicted.
I need to admit that it is not a fast-paced book. Those used to dystopian adventures loaded with action might be disappointed. Poster Girls is an attempt at a more reflective approach, where Roth considers, for example, the development of technology and the way it can be easily turned into a surveillance mechanism. I enjoyed the lecture.
Thank you, NetGalley and publisher, for providing the arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.