“Today is configuration day. It’s my seventeenth birthday, and the last day of my university. My career, which I have no choice in deciding, begins tomorrow.”
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Today I’m reviewing Configured: Book 1 in the Configured Trilogy.
Avlyn, reassigned to a compatible family when she was young, is preparing for her configuration. Today she will get her work assignment, check her spouse pairings and move out on her own. She will also cut ties with her parents and school friends, because relationships and childhood friendships are discouraged after your configuration. Above all else, you must “Remember your function.”
Life in the new world, in Elore, created and run by Direction is predictable, safe and dictated by the Direction officials at every level. You must keep control at all times, but what if there’s more to life than working and serving your government? Avlyn is about to find out that she’s not your average citizen and that keeping control isn’t always possible or best. It all starts with a mysterious message she recieves “Lose your life and you might find it. But time is running out.” Will she ignore the cryptic message or investigate it and launch herself into a world she didn’t believe existed?
Configured, besides being my favorite dystopian genre, drew me in from the beginning with it’s parallels to the world we live in today. Direction runs society, their message; fit in, do what you’re told to do, don’t ask questions. In so many ways these are the unspoken rules we live by today, aren’t they? I don’t have the space to explore this in depth, but ask yourself why. Why do you do the job you do? Do you love it, or was it the career path that “fit you best?” What choices have you really made for yourself or do you just have the illusion of choice as Avlyn does?
We probably don’t need a full on revolution to change our lives but Avlyn does. The only choice she has left is to keep doing as Direction tells her to, or join the revolution and use her skill to change things. I loved this book, in case you couldn’t tell, and my bet is you will too! It has an overarching truth resonating through it that is summed up in this quote from it.
This world is both beautiful and broken. Make more beautiful moments than broken ones. – Configured by Jenetta Penner
Configured: Book 1 in the Configured Trilogy is available at Amazon as a paperback for $12.99 and in Kindle format for $2.99. It is also included in the KindleUnlimited program. Grab a copy and prepare to question what you live for.
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