By CB Stone
After the God Wars Sinna Reardon’s only pleasure comes from venturing in to the Old World cities with Jacob to search for items they can sell or trade in the After World sector they live in. Both parentless, Jacob is old enough to live on his own, but Sinna stays in a girl’s home of sorts. On their adventures Sinna worries because the one thing Jacob is looking for is forbidden.
Jacob is always in search of something that could seriously get them in trouble with the Elite-those that govern the new world. In a way their rules seem simple; don't repeat the mistakes of the past; don't seek love; don't engage in war; and finally don't Believe. Although Sinna has no problem following the rules, she can't for the life of her get her nearest and dearest friend to follow one of them. It puts both of them at risk for being chosen for Selection and possibly even being sent to Rehabilitation, a place that if people return from they have dead eyes and never seem quite the same.
But one day Jacob is taken by the Elite and so Sinna's journey begins to rescue him, even if it means pretending to Believe.
I found Rehabilitation an interesting yet quite redundant at times. Stone seems to possibly have struggled, using the repeating of the same details over and over as filler. It didn't necessarily distract from the story, but I found it unfortunate to say the least.
I also struggled with what seemed to be the underlying moral of the story-belief in things unsupported by fact, which of course includes a belief in a higher power. However - and I found this an enormously insightful point on the part of stone - the belief in a higher power seems to have been at the root of so many wars. It got me thinking about how many wars have been fought in the name of a higher power as far back as history goes. Therefore it made interesting sense that the Elite would ban such beliefs in an effort to keep the world peaceful.
All in all, Rehabilitation is a quick YA dystopian read that definitely entertains. The characters are well-developed and the story line is original. Aside from the two issues I had trouble with, I think both YA and adult readers alike will enjoy this book.