Take Me Tomorrow is a dystopian novel written by Shannon A. Thompson and was published July 17th of this year. Unlike most of the dystopian novels I’ve read, and I have read A LOT of them, this one was different, and that intrigued me. Even though it is a relatively small novel, with only 150 pages, it managed to captivate me in a way my recent books have been lacking.
Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.
Overall, I give this book a 7.8 out of ten.
Unlike most dystopian novels, this one felt the most real to me. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE all dystopian novels, but for me, this seemed the most likely to actually happen. Like most dystopian novels, we see society after an epic war, this one is called the massacre, (weird how its always a war and not like a zombie apocalypse or global warming or something), and instead of the 50 states as we know it, there are only a few “states” left, and the leader is now a tyrant who enforces strict rules and policies to keep the people in line. Now, it wouldn’t be a good plot if there weren’t people working against him, and the ones that are fighting against the tyranny use drugs as a weapon, particularly one drug. Tomo is a hallucinogenic drug that can allow people to ‘see’ the future, and the rebels use this to spread hope for a different tomorrow.
And then there’s Sophia. While she is no stranger to breaking the laws, after all her father participates in illegal forgery, she has never thought of going against the order Phelps has created for his citizens, until Noah. Noah is wild, and quick, and thanks to the tomo he consumes, almost all knowing, but he’ll need the help of Sophia and her friends if he wants to save his sister, and ultimately save the cause he has sacrificed everything for.
The novel could get confusing, it follows the POV of Sophia, and for a majority of the time, she doesn’t really understand what is going on or why. Thrown into a world she is not accustomed to, and asked to do unspeakable things, she is simply trying to play catch up and understand why it seems like everyone else knows whats going on except her. Add that onto the ever expanding character list, often with little introduction or information on them, and it could get tough to follow the plot. But, as you read, it does become a little more clear. Most of the characters are male, and while some people may say that seems unbalanced, to me, it fits perfectly. In the novel, the boys are fighting for a cause, they break laws, set bombs, and carry out rescue missions, so having most of the characters male fits, and I like how they’re are only three major female roles. Even though Sophia doesn’t always understand, she’s strong, smart, and cunning, and often times, she and her best friend Lily are the reason the plans work at all.
The major thing that both irked and delighted me was Sophia’s relationship with Noah. While it is obvious (at least to me) that they are attracted to each other, neither really acts on it. Sure, they’re are subtle, harmless flirtations, and Noah does seem overly protective of her especially, we really don’t see a relationship form until it is almost too late. I would’ve liked to see that develop a little more. Noah seems hardened to the world with no weaknesses, yet the way he acts around Sophia changes everything. Sophia is a strong girl trained (illegally) by her father, she is no wilting wall flower, and only Noah really sees her strength and knows what she is really capable of. Together they are unstoppable, except they are never really together.
If you are looking for a short read that is both a thriller and a romance, than I’d highly recommend Take Me Tomorrow. It is an excellent read and I hope (really really hope) that there are many more to come after this book (I am WAY too invested in the plot for this NOT to become a series).