Genre: YA dystopia
Series and number: Probably standalone/maybe first in series
Number of pages: 315 (for the paperback)
Edition: mobi ebook
Published: Published February 5th 2013 by Smashwords
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Sixteen year-old Hattie Akerman lives down the hill from Jonas. Though her father, Heath, tries to hide his lack of mental clarity behind the bottle and she's pretty much given up on having any kind of relationship with him, she would still rather her younger sister, Lucy, not have to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Hattie helps her mother by baking food to sell at Market and looking out for Lucy. No matter what the rest of the town says about her crazy father, Jonas sticks up for them. He is, by far, her very best friend.
As if things aren’t complicated enough already, Heath and Micah are unexpectedly drafted into President Kendrick's army (an army from which no one ever returns) just days before Thanksgiving. When Heath disappears instead of arriving at the Meeting Place to check in, Hattie and Jonas decide they’ve had enough, and take matters into their own hands. And though nothing could have prepared them for what happens next, Hattie and Jonas learn that hope can be seen in every situation. You just have to know where to look.
Date read: June 24-27, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review
Three point-five stars—three because I did like it and an extra point-five for being beautiful. Pity Isn’t an Option had an open-ended conclusion that just fit well with the whole story. This book made me fell slightly sad and slightly happy when I finished it.
However, despite being a beautiful and a bit of a moving book, it did feel a little slow. For the bulk of the book, I kept wondering where it was going, and when it would get there. Honestly, it was the last twenty-five to thirty-five percent of the book that made it for me.
I give the author props for creating a dystopia story that really doesn't feel like the typical one. It wasn't one of those ones where there was a rebellion, and the government was overthrown, or anything like that. This book featured pretty regular people that struggled with the weather, the economy, president's orders, and a lot of things that quite relatable.
This book was one that reminded me of watching a drama movie—the kind that moves slower in the beginning but then gets really interesting towards the end because a bunch of meaningful things start happening. I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys those types of books.