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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
Vagrant by Gabe Thompson is an action-packed dystopian tale about a group of people known as vagrants who refuse to live in the drugged-out world of modern society. The main character, Logan, is a vagrant who lives underground along with his colorful group of friends. When a young vagrant boy is taken away by the government and sent off-planet to work in the mines, Logan and his friends set off on a journey to rescue him. They’re joined by one of the privileged citizens, a girl named Shayna who has grown tired of her meaningless existence and finds herself attracted to the passionate Logan. Although he refuses to let her come with him on his dangerous rescue mission, soon Shayna unwittingly finds herself pulled into the adventure along with Logan.
For the most part, I enjoyed Gabe Thompson’s Vagrant. The story moves at a fast pace and is never boring. The idea of a group of people who live underground in order to live free of the constraints of an oppressive government works well in providing plenty of motivation for the main characters. The addition of the corn-based drug known as Sopore that the government uses to control the masses has enough plausibility that it helps to effectively tie the story together. I liked the cast of characters although the story would benefit if more time was spent on character development. Overall, though, Vagrant is a very imaginative and fun beginning to what looks like a great series. I recommend it for young adult audiences who enjoy dystopian novels as well as interplanetary sci-fi adventures.