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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Idiosyncratic by Britt Nunes is an imaginative dystopian novel for young adults. It follows a nineteen-year-old orphan named Les’sette as she is sold to an eccentric scientist. Les’sette is considered defective since her skin is not covered with green scales like everyone else. She also does not have the ability to read minds like the rest. Therefore, she is looked down upon by almost everyone in society. This strangeness of skin and mind reading is just the beginning of all the bizarre characteristics of the world that Les’sette lives in. As the story unfolds and she becomes a part of the scientist’s plans, she learns the dark inner workings of her world and finds that many things are not what they seem.
For the most part I liked Idiosyncratic by Britt Nunes. She has set her story in a future Earth that is unlike anything I’ve ever read. The story is creative and original. The scientific explanations for the weird goings-on were sufficient enough for it to almost make sense and that’s enough for me. Her characters are colorful and easy to sympathize with. The story moves quickly from scene to scene at a rapid pace, which is a good thing because it never gets boring. But, the fast pace also has a negative side in that there were many parts of the story that felt rushed. Several scenes could have been better if the author had provided more explanation and build up. However, this did not detract too much from my enjoyment of the story. Idiosyncratic is still a lot of fun to read. It gives us a strong female lead, a pleasant love story, and a great science fiction premise.