Synopsis: This book is Mature YA/ New Adult. It is recommended for readers 14 and over.
What if everything you knew turned out to be a lie?
Charlotte Walker knows how to live under the rule of The Party. She has managed for 18 years. She helps out her drunken mother and keeps life going at a familiar, steady pace. She doesn’t ask questions, even though she has many of them in her heart.
Fostino Sanchez knows how to live under the rule of The Party, too. For 19 years, he’s worked to be the perfect Party member. He knows what must be done to keep Maxwell Cooper in power, and how to find the The Undesirables that threaten to take away everything that matters.
As the months go by, what matters most to Fostino is Charlotte Walker.
While their love blooms, danger comes to Charlotte and Fostino’s small hometown of Harrison Corners, OH. Threats they never knew existed could take away all that they care about. And just when these two teens think they know what will come next, Charlotte learns the truth about a secret she has long suspected.
What Charlotte finds out changes everything.
THE UNDESIRABLE is Charlotte Walker’s story, from her point of view. It is a thrilling, suspenseful tale of love, curiosity, adversity, and maturity against the backdrop of a futuristic war.
Should Charlotte trust Fostino with what she knows? Can she trust anyone? Will she find it in herself to rise up against terrible odds? What if the ultimate Undesirable is her?
Review by Jennifer: Let me start out by saying that Young Adult Dystopian books rank up there as one of my favorites! And Sara Celi did not disappoint!
Charlotte’s life is pretty bleak. Her mom is an alcoholic who spends all of her day drowning her sorrows. It doesn’t help that everyone knows that her mother used to be a stripper and a good one at that.
She’s noticed Fostino always seems to be looking her way. Yet he hasn’t said anything but “hello” or “hi” to her in passing, but change is coming. One night while she sneaks out to the field by her house Fostino finds her. He’s part of the The Party as a guard. He was on patrol and came across Charlotte laying there looking up at the stairs. He warns her of the changes coming up. From there life isn’t the same anymore.
Fostino and Charlotte see each other when they can, but each days seems to bring them closer and closer to death. The way The Party has taken over their town, killed innocent people because they claim they are “undesirables”, and made them work in the shirt factory all day.
Charlotte realizes she doesn’t want to be there anymore. She needs to escape, but Fostino won’t listen to her. Then she finds out some information that turns her world upside down. She has to get out before trouble finds her. With the help of her new friends she sets out on an adventure she never knew she was strong enough or capable of doing. And she plans on rescuing Fostino as well.
This book was suspenseful! I loved the adrenaline rush I got just reading this. There is nothing like chanting “GO GO GO GO” in your head as you hope that the main character gets away from the bad guys. I loved this book and cannot wait to read the second one in this series when it comes out!