Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Unite (Project Integrate #1) by Jamie Campbell

Release Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Jamie Campbell
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

United They Stand.
Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.
Amery Jones is your typical teenager, except for the fact she is an alien and a member of the government’s secret Project Integrate.
When Amery’s best friend Lola is kidnapped in order to get to her, there is only one person that can help – the exceedingly annoying and charming Lochie Mercury.
Together, Amery and Lochie must put aside their differences and attraction in order to rescue Lola before it’s too late.

Unite has a very cool premise, and it made me a bit sad that I didn't like it more. I'd like to see how it all turns out in the end, but I don't think I'll be continuing this series.

So, somewhere out there there's another planet (like ours) that is going to be destroyed within the next few decades.
Something along the lines of colliding with another planet ...or maybe asteroids?
Years ago, they contacted the leaders of our planet and worked out a deal that would benefit both sides.
They would give us their awesome technology, and we would let them move to Earth.
Hopefully, it's a teeny-tiny planet, because I'm pretty sure we're overpopulated as it is.
Of course, the government was afraid that the general population was going to freak out when they found out about this, so they came up with a plan. They've taken babies from the other planet, and placed them into foster homes here.
The idea is that people won't be quite so afraid of these aliens after they announce that they are coming, when they realize that little Suzie from next-door is also an alien. They will already know and like these kids, which will take some of the fear-factor out of it. Right?
So far, so good.

But there were too many things that just didn't make sense after that.
First, why was the FBI in charge of these kids? Shouldn't an operation like this be run by Homeland Security? Or better yet, why wasn't there a new task force created to deal with this?

Another thing I didn't get was why Avery couldn't lie to her parents. Because it's not like she couldn't lie at all. In fact, she lied every day to everyone else! In the book it's explained away by saying that she had it drilled into her at a young age that she must always be totally honest with them.
Um, I've drilled it into my kids' heads to be totally honest with me, too! And guess what? They lie! They lie all the freakin' time!
Me: Did you break my *insert expensive electronic device here*?
Them: NOOO! I never even touched it! You told me not to, and I respect you...Mommy.
Me: Then why is there chocolate on it...and chocolate on your face?
Them: Uh...
Me: And why was it found in YOUR room?
Them: Uh...
Me: Fess up!
Them: Uh...
Me: Fess up, and I won't kill you.
Them: I swear it was an accident!
Me: You better be glad I opted for the extra insurance...
And you know what? If I'm honest with myself, I'd think it was weird if my kids didn't pull shit like that. So, no. I couldn't buy that Avery never ever lied to her parents, and it annoyed me.
Or maybe I'm just jealous.

Probably the most ridiculous thing though, was when they told Avery that they decided to pull the plug on Project Integrate because of budget cuts.
There are several things wrong with that line of reasoning..
First, you'd have to assume that these aliens only contacted the United States. And let's face it, that's a stupid assumption. If they contacted all of the world's leaders, then our budget wouldn't play into it as much.
Second, there's no way our greedy politicians would stop a project that promised them superior technology. EVER. Even if they had to take from schools and research hospitals to do it, you know they would. I mean, they do it now, and for reasons far less important! Besides, there would have be a slush fund somewhere out there that wasn't being used for anything at the moment.

There were other little petty things that I didn't like, but these were the things I found the most distracting. To me, this felt like a great concept that was poorly executed. It wasn't horrible to read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one.


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