The storyline of Future Perfect is heart-breaking in its truthfulness. It is a realistic storyline of life in a government collapse-and-realignment constructed dystopian setting, where life is hard and decisions are harder. I treasured Future Perfect‘s closeness to reality, the nearest to realistic that you can get for a futuristic dystopian world. The book explores the effects of oppression on humanity’s natural instincts. Society has narrowed everyone’s horizons into Citidomes, a proposed perfect world where everyone’s goals are the same: superficial physical alterations and materialistic social climbing with a search for “perfect” being the materialistic basis for life.
A few Citidome dwellers during the years have managed to escape and lead a harsh but free life outside the Citidomes. This small scale life continues in the old towns and villages that were abandoned in the transition into Citidome living. Within the morally skewed world of the Citidome we follow the lives of odd-one-out Caia and the rebellious Mac.
Mac’s loyalties are clear; to a free life on the outside. Mac is a born rebel for the cause. He believes in a better world outside, living in the colonies. He is meant for a world with no oppression or materialistic values and because of these principles, he constantly openly challenges the laws of the Citidome.
Caia simply doesn’t fit in with the others around her, physically or mentally. She cannot find their materialistic values important, or find the reason to try. When she meets Mac, her thoughts are able to take wing and be voiced. Caia is torn, between escaping to a new life with Mac on the outside and fear-tainted loyalty to the only life she’s ever known in the Citidome. Actively going against the laws of the Citidome in pursuit of brighter horizons may be one step too far for them both.
In these divided perspectives one person’s perfection is another’s oppression. As we learn from Caia and Mac, perfection stands in the eye of the beholder. As we learn more about both Citidome life and outside life, we have to decide what definition of “perfect” we choose to live by. As the corruption of the Citidomes begins to show so does the harshness of life outside the walls. I enjoyed the questioning nature of the divided, yet co-existing lives of the Citidomes and the outside. They are ran by completely different ideas of happiness, healthiness, working; of just living. I couldn’t agree more with the synopsis that Future Perfect “will appeal to both an adult and young adult audience,” I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to all.
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