Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
Synopsis: ‘Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score can get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? Friendship, romance, loyalty, family, human connection and human value: all are questioned in this fresh and compelling dystopian novel set in the scarily foreseeable future.’
This is a great premise for a story. Not too far from what the education department requires from students today. And the idea of arranging for the main character to argue the opposite of what she believes is a wonderful way to explore both sides of an argument or belief system. It also helps the character change their point of view.
That said, I think the author was too quick with explaining everything away and settling for a nice ending. There were multiple opportunities for the author to create problems for the characters to resolve and to cause tension and suspense for the reader, but this did not happen.
This could have been a complicated storyline, but instead the author has opted for a simple outline.
If you would like a quick easy read, then by all means have a read of Scored.
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