Review: Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt


3 stars

Read from January 28 to February 03, 2016

Synopsis: In the Nation, no one is innocent – not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

Bookish Things: 302 pages. The cover is deceptively soft, the story rather harsh, though still a reasonable YA Dystopian.

Where to buy: Amazon for $2.89 on kindle or $12.99 in paperback.

My Review: Prison Nation is a fantastic idea.

What would America be like if it sealed its boarders and the punishment for crimes (and even suspected crimes) became so harsh that the Nation needed massive prisons, large enough to house thousands and thousands of people?

You can find out, just by picking up this book.

Millie, our female protagonist experiences a significant personal journey throughout the book, but she does start out a little flat. I quite liked how things progressed, but I’d have liked a little more spunk from her early on.

The supporting cast was quite diverse, which was a welcome change from a lot of YA books, however, I was looking for a strong female role model for Millie and that was seriously lacking.

So, so far that’s quite a lot of positives, so why only 3 stars?

Well, the writing isn’t polished. There were a lot of adverbs and adjectives being used, a lot of scenes were overwritten, and could do with a cull, as well as quite a lot of repetition.

The formatting was also off, including sentences that ran together, missing words, added words, the spacing was off in parts and there were even some instances of homophone misuse!

With a hefty edit, this book would be a solid addition to the YA, Dystopian genre. As it is now, it’s an enjoyable read, but it feels unpolished and a little rough around the edges.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of What Tomorrow May Bring, that included this book, in return for an honest review.**


NaNoWriMo Winner!

I may have promised you all a winning blog post about NaNoWriMo… it’s late, but here it is!


Yup, that’s me!


There’s the proof.

I hope everyone who took part in NaNoWriMo got something out of it, even if you didn’t reach your 50k word count goal.

All the best in your writerly endevors for 2017.

The Look Challenge!

Thanks to Molly for this challenge idea in the lead up to NaNoWriMo!! Her post on this matter was thought-provoking and her teaser for the challenge was intriguing. I’m curious to know more about the story, so I think you should all go check it out too!

The Look Challenge!

The “Look” Challenge is for bloggers who are also writers. It is a way to let others sneak a peek at your work. Here’s how it works. You search your manuscript for the word “look” and copy the surrounding paragraphs into a post to let other bloggers read. Then you tag five blogger/writers to invite them to the challenge.


NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month

For those of you who might not have known that little piece of information, now you do. It’s in the month of November every year and thousands of people spend hours bent over their keyboards each year to hammer out 50,000 words of a novel in one month!! Crazy hey!?

What does that have to do with me? Well, I’m not officially joining in, I don’t think I could handle the burning shame if I didn’t get to the 50,000 words. Instead, to steel myself for next year, when I DO plan on registering, I thought I’d try my hand at it unofficially this year. I’ll keep my tally in the bar over there to the right. You’ll see that little dude (who’s currently typing away) making all kinds of crazy when I update my word count, so be on the look out for that.

If you’re keen to have a counter too, you can get the information you need from here.

Anyway, this was just a short one to let you all know I haven’t died, and instead I’ve promised to myself to at least get to 25,000 words by the end of November, but aiming for the 50,000 is the ultimate goal! I would really love you all to try and keep me on track for that! You officially have my permission to poke, question, bitch at, scream at and generally pester me if you don’t see that counter move!

Are any of you trying out NaNoWriMo this year? Have you previously? How did you go? Tell us all in the comments below!