Rite of Rejection

Acceptance Book 1

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
325 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2016
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

Rite of Rejection is the first book in the Acceptance series by Sarah Negovetich and tells the story of a young woman, Rebecca, who never thought that life would take a very unexpected turn. She was looking forward to her Acceptance ceremony and dancing with eligible young men to see whether one of them could be a suitable mate. But Rebecca never makes it there. The machine which sorts young people during the Acceptance ceremony decides that Rebecca has a criminal mind and needs to be send to the PIT - like all other potential criminals. Rebecca is shocked. It has to be a mistake. Could just one bad thought about their ruler have been the reason to be sent to the criminal camp? Rebecca soon finds out that she is not the only innocent person who was sent to the PIT - but getting out is impossible. Or so they have been told.

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich is an exciting novel with a gripping plot and characters you get attached to. The characters are fighting against a system in which only one thing counts: the cardinal's well-being and his power over all people. Rebecca is not willing to just let everything go and accept her fate. She is strong, but also weak in some regards - which makes her a very believable character that readers will be able to relate to. I enjoyed the pace of the plot and how all the different characters related to each other. There was betrayal, but also forgiveness. The novel shows that not every action that has bad consequences is inherently bad, and that there usually is a chance for redemption. It shows characters being broken, but putting the pieces back together, too. I would recommend this series to all people who like young adult novels in a slightly dystopian setting.