The Girl Who Dared to Think – Bella Forrest

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How do you fight an enemy when they’re inside your mind? 

A gargantuan glass-walled tower looms over a deadly wilderness. They say it’s all that’s left.

The Tower’s survival is humanity’s survival, and each must serve it faithfully…

Twenty-year-old Liana Castell must be careful what she thinks. Her life is defined by the number on her wristband — a rating out of ten awarded based on her usefulness and loyalty to the Tower, and monitored by a device in her skull. A device that reports forbidden thoughts.

Liana is currently a four, the lowest possible acceptable score, and despite her parents’ perfect scores of ten, she struggles to increase it. Rebellious ideas come all too easily, and resentfulness seems part of her being. She is an overseer-in-training, but her future will be dark if she cannot raise her worth…

Threes require drug treatment.
Twos are isolated.
Ones disappear.

When Liana’s worst nightmare comes to pass and she drops to a three, desperation spurs her down a path few dare to tread. A chance encounter with a cocky young man whose shockingly dissident attitude toward the Tower couldn’t possibly have earned him the perfect “ten” on his wrist, sets her on a trail to save herself–even at the risk of dropping lower.

Stalking the young man seemed like a simple enough task, but after events take an unexpected twist, Liana finds herself taking a treacherous dive into the darkest depths of the Tower… and the decades’ old secrets buried within.

In a society where free thinking can make you a criminal, one girl dares to try…

Review by Juliana

Bella Forest has created such an intriguing world in her series The Girl Who Dared to Think, which takes place in the same world as her other book series, The Gender Game. Liana Castell is our main character who lives in a massive Tower that houses many people after Requiem day. The Tower bases their people off of the number on their wrists. Numbers increase with positive thinking and good actions that benefit the Tower. If a person becomes depressed, or thinks badly about the Tower, their number will drop. Liana has internal struggles with herself because of the number on her wrist and that spurs the story forward. I find the ranking system an amazing addition to the story. It feels almost like a black mirror episode! I fell in love with the characters and the progression of the story. Liana’s new path in life is dangerous and filled with the Towers untold secrets which really captivated me. I absolutely recommend this read to anyone who loves Dystopian books with a mix of Sci-fi! 

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