Synopsis from Goodreads
Who do you trust when you discover your whole life has been a lie?
Cal thinks he’s losing his mind when cracks start appearing that no one else can see. But his life splinters apart when he discovers that, far from leading an ordinary life in a northern town in 2012 as he thought, he has spent his whole life so far in a deliberately induced coma. The year is actually 2024 and a repressive regime is in force: it plans to brainwash the whole population. Set free by the local resistance movement, he finds himself drawn into their struggle; and he gets involved with Kyla, a girl who lives on the streets. But are they all just using him: is there anyone he can really trust?
A nail-biting thriller that never lets the reader relax!
REVIEW BY BETH
I’m not a huge fan of dystopian fiction but as I really enjoyed Caroline Green’s Dark Ride, I though I’d give Cracks and its sequel Fragments a shot. Cracks begins and continues in the same fast-paced vein as Dark Ride. It’s impossible not to get pulled along for the ride whether you like it or not and whilst I didn’t have time to form a fully opinion of Cal I wanted to see where he went next in his journey.
Cal’s everyday life seems entirely normal, it seems exactly like anybody else’s with your average grievances and issues but nothing out of the ordinary. Until the cracks appear and reality becomes something entirely different. Cal’s REAL reality is much less believable and much more horrifying. The clinical feel of the beginning spreads into a wider dystopian world which only has flashes of what Cal knew before. He struggles with having no identity and terrorism is a constant threat that the government are seemingly battling against, although who is actually terrorising who is always in question.
As Cal tries to escape into this new world, away from the facility where he has been held for as long as he had been living his other life, he is conflicted and confused. Whilst running from place to place he wants to find his true identity whilst also remaining unseen. He crosses paths with other teenagers, Jax and Kyla, and begins to create an identity for himself through the people he gets to know. As he becomes himself more and more shocking realities come to light and it’s hard to say who’s right and who’s wrong in the near future, not quite what it should be Britain.
Cracks is tragic, there are several tragedies along the way and throughout there’s always a sense that whatever is around the next corner may not be something to look forward to. The sequel Fragments carries on from exactly where Cracks leaves off but we have the interesting technique of a change of protagonist and narrator.