Everyone has books that are dear to them for various reasons. This one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve read the german edition when I was around twelve or thirteen but I since I’m blogging in English I’ll refer to the english edition. I still put the cover of the german edition in this post, because this time I think the german cover looks much better than the English. Do you ever wonder why they change the cover of the books in foreign editions? I do.
I decided to do this post, because today I ordered the other two books of this series. Several years I had no clue that there were more books than just one. Only the first one was translated in german, the rest wasn’t. Probably because they didn’t sell too well. Whatever, later I forgot about the books. I discovered romance novels and other genres. But now. Finally. I get to know the end. Please Amazon. Hurry.
Title: Hex (Hex series #1)
Author: Rhiannon Lassiter
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Meet Raven, The Most Dangerous Teenager In The World….
London. The 24th century. The CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex, human mutants with supercomputer minds. They are young. They look like you or me. They must never be allowed to grow up….
But the CPS hasn’t discovered Raven. Soon they will feel her power, know her rage as she and her brother, Wraith, set out to discover what happened to their long-lost sister, Rachel. Is she dead or alive? Or has she met a fate worse than extinction? There is only one way to find out. Raven must use her Hex powers to crack the top-secret security of the CPS. Then she must enter the place that promises certain death….
I won’t rate anything here, because this book is in my personal awesome book hall of fame since I was about twelve and I’m still madly in love with it. My book looks well-thumbed after all this years, to me this book is like what Star Wars is to Ted from the series How I Met Your Mother. I read it when I’m sick, on a rainy sunday or when I’m feeling down and need some distraction.
When I read the book the first time, I didn’t think that I would like it. I bought it at the airport. Our flight was delayed and I was bored to death and needed something to do. So my mother gave me money and encouraged me to buy a book. They didn’t have much to choose from since I didn’t like crime thrillers ( I still don’t) and wasn’t yet interested in romance. The book looked interesting enough, so I bought it.
The book is about Raven and Wraith, orphaned siblings who try to find their younger sister Rachel. Raven is a Hex, a person wich can interact with computers and systems better than any hacker. Since almost every aspect of civilization in the 24th century is dependant on computers and the internet, Hex have the capacity to do serious damage. If they were allowed to live, they would have way too much power. So every government agreed on making bearers of Hex gene illegal. If someone is discovered during medical examinations or in the net, he or she will get caught by the CPS and is “exterminated”, as they put it. The society doesn’t care. Most people are poor and live in Ganglands, and don’t even have an ID. They have other problems. The rich ones don’t care either. Most people don’t really know what a Hex is, just that they are illegal since about 250 years.
I loved the complex setting, this 24th century world doesn’t only have a problem with genetic experiments gone wrong but also with the problems societies now have: a few ridiculously rich people and many, many poor ones. Nobody seems to care that Hex are people too, anybody could be affected, since the mutation shows up during childhood or in the early teens.
The focus is on a group of people: Wraith, an ex-gangmember who came to London with his sister Raven to find Rachel, their younger sister. Rachel was adopted by a couple some years ago and Wraith wants to make sure Rachel is okay. But Rachel is gone, the CPS, the agency that is in charge of exterminating Hex, got her. Raven is, because of what she is, not a very social person who mostly thinks about herself. She is proud of never being detected by the CPS and her ability of surviving on their own. She has no intention of helping other Hex, because she thinks that people who aren’t able to help themselves like she did, aren’t worth helping. But soon it’s clear that Raven isn’t as cold-hearted as she likes to think of herself. She’s the one that allows Kez, a thirteen year old street urchin to join their group. Then there’s Ali, a spoiled upper-class girl wich has recently discovered that she’s a Hex.
The character development in this book was amazing. Especially Ali’s. At first she’s a spoiled rich princess wich doesn’t care much about things other than who to invite to a party and what to wear. But when she is found in the net by another Hex, Raven, she is no longer able to ignore what she is and lives in fear that others like the CPS is able to find her as easily too. And neither her status nor her father’s money will be able to protect her from death. During the following events and her interaction with Raven, Wraith and Kez she matures a lot. together with Wraith she becomes somewhat like the conscience of the group, forcing Raven to think about others too and not just about herself. There is a very strong antipathy between Raven and Ali during the whole book. Raven dislikes Ali because at first she’s spoiled and weak, unable to survive on her own. Ali on the other hand dislikes Raven because she thinks her cold, arrogant and egoistic. Both have to change their opinion on the other during the events, though they still don’t like each other much. Wraith was just interested in checking if his sister was okay. During the book, it’s Wraith who keeps the group together and realizes that it’s not enough to just save their sister, they need to battle the whole system that allows that people are killed because their mere existence is a crime.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian novels with characters with depth, elaborated settings and ethical values.