Today is a gloriously wonderful day, peoples! You might remember how, about two million years ago, I had Zoe @ Stories On Stage come over and do a review-discussion with me on A Mad, Wicked Folly? It was wonderful fun. SO! We’re doing another swap! This time we’re discussing:
EXTRACTION by Stephanie Diaz
Zoe is basically my review twin. We almost always rate books the same! (Clearly she is epic.) Today Zoe is going to be answering my questions here on Paper Fury, aaaand if you pop over to Stories On Stage you’ll see my half of the discussion!
The biggest thing that stuck out to me in Extraction were the ginormous Divergent similarities. Did you catch any? Did it bother you?
ZOE: I think this is what bothered me the most as well, Cait. There were so many elements here that were similar to those in Divergent, but the main ones that stuck out at me were:
- the use of serums (the government in Extraction basically has a peace serum exactely like the Amity do in Divergent), and the fact that some people are not able to be subdued by the serum (“Divergence”)
- the concept of having to be a good fighter to become a member of society
- the personalities of both Tris and Clementine and the similarities between them
- Sam = Eric; Four = Beechy; Oliver = Al; Ariadne = Christina
YES! I recognised all of those as well (and it totally bugged me. Originality is important, right?!) With Logan (love-interest) being barely present, did you feel the romance was solid or vague?
ZOE: This is an interesting question. To be completely honest, I didn’t really feel anything from the romance, and I’m not sure if Logan not being very present contributed to that.
I didn’t feel it either. Although, I AM Vulcan. Ahem. BUT ONWARDS! What did you think of the poisonous-moon premise?! Epic and original or what?!!
Say it like it is, my friend. Shall we talk about Clementine, our bonnie narrator? Thoughts? Feelings?
Zoe: I liked her, but I didn’t feel she was especially unique compared to other dystopian protagonists. She didn’t really leave much of an impression on me, but I admired her inner strength and will to fight for what she thought was right.
Yeah, I concur. She was pretty vague (little bland?) but I loved her loyalty to Logan. N’AWWWW. Sweetness! Ahem. What was I saying? Oh yes. Did Extraction surprise you at any point?
Zoe: Haha….not really. 😉 The plot was a bit predictable since it followed the same typical path most dystopian stories follow, so there wasn’t anything I was really shocked about.
Again, agreed. Gosh, Zoe, you’re a mind-reader, that is all I can say. SO glad we got to discuss this one together! It’s always fifty-two buckets of fun having you over here! YAY!
“Welcome to Extraction testing.”
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.
Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.
Don’t forget to stop by Zoe’s blog to read my answers to Zoe’s discussion questions!