Blame - Simon Mayo

What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed?

That’s the situation in which Ant finds herself – together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she’s locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished ‘heritage’ crimes of their parents.

Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home – and when things finally erupt, they realize they’ve got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re not to blame.

Simon Mayo's 1984-esque Blame made for an interesting read. If it wasn't by Simon Mayo, I wouldn't have picked it up based off the blurb. At least now I can say that the blurb doesn't give it justice. 

The novel is based on the interesting idea that a child can be punished for their parent's crimes. It follows Ant and her brother, Mattie, trying to get free of the place they have spent most of their lives in. It's thrilling and exciting, as well as terrifying in some points. 

I loved Mayo's Itch series of books and fell in love with his writing from there, so I gave this a go. Right from the start, it's packed with action. You can't even go a few pages without another adrenaline filled scene - and that is the mark of a good book to me. There were a few points where I wasn't too sure on where the story was going, but it always picked up straight away after.

As much as I dream for more Itch books (and for my lost copy to turn up), this is a really good new novel from Mayo, which is filled with similar action. He definitely knows how to squeeze as much action into one book as possible.

And although this is a YA book, it didn't seem it. It's verging on being adult with all of the fights and action, but once again, that was why I loved it. It's so unusual to find a novel like this in YA, which makes it even more loveable.

It reminded me a lot of 1984 - from the corrupt society to Mayo's own invented language. And a 1984 in YA is something the genre is missing. Mayo has helped fill that gap.

I can't wait to see what Simon Mayo writes next because it will definitely jump straight to the top of my TBR pile. 

Have you read Blame? Tell me what you thought of it in the comments!

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