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Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner book review

Every dystopian ever: main character takes down the regime by taking the evil dictator dude in an epic battle to the death

Everywhere, Everything, Everyone: main character takes down the regime by… protesting??

….

Right

*AHEM*

Let’s just say I am just a tad bit salty over this book. Just a tad.

Don’t get me wrong it was enjoyable as in it was a quick novel to get through however, I found myself getting annoyed over many things that just triggered me in general.

For starters, I was faced with insta-love in the first 50 pages in which was just a big no for me. Look, on some occasions insta-love is bearable but it just seemed quick and out of the blue with this relationship. I wish there was more of an incline with it but it just seemed like BAAM romance rather than a growing of chemistry between the two. I get that chemistry is something very hard to write and grow however if you get it right it makes the book. It really does! Look, although Z was a total smol bean, it also was really strange that he decides to dodge the “unit” with Santee after they had literally just one conversation together and decides to take her to his house a few days.

A few days after that incident Santee goes over to Z’s place (again) where overnight a wall comes up out of nowhere to separate so called “threats” from the “decent” civilians who are more well-off financially than those on the other side. Santee is thus trapped on the other side with her family on the side with the threats.

And so I guess now you are thinking: “Wow so the main character then goes on an epic quest to go over the wall, take down the government and then find her family?”

Well… NOPE

If I get this right: although the main character had a family that she couldn’t get in contact with and there is brutality everywhere in this messed up dystopian world, she still invests in a relationship???

Well that’s just lovely isn’t it?

My brain was getting fried just thinking about it. The fact that there is a girl who is being segregated from her whole family and yet she’s like “Oh well there’s always Z who I can kiss and forget about the whole dilemma I’m in that actually won’t go away without me doing something about it.”

Well okay maybe I’m exaggerating but she didn’t even attempt to save them at all. All she did was write 4 words on a brick wall and yes it did spark a whole protest thing but it just felt like there was no point in following these characters if they did nothing in particular. And I guess, ok yes, that this would’ve been more believable. Protesting seems more like something a 16 year old would do than becoming a demon slayer and taking down corrupt kings and royals *AHEM*

But was there any point to the protests? Was there really?

Most likely: nope.

Because let’s face it. That Dictator-y Varick dude would probably do something even worse than put up a random wall. What if he punished the citizens? Sent them back into submission? See what I mean? There was so much potential and this book didn’t even tap into it *cries* But going back to the main point about the protesting it achieved nothing at all because it was the Unit that took down the wall.  I don’t think they were influenced by the protesting but more so their own values. It just brings me back to the conclusion that the main characters did nothing to really resolve the plot which… isn’t the whole point of a book?

Throughout the whole novel I was like:

“YES COME ON TAKE DOWN THE SYSTEM YES YES YES TAKE DOWN THE VARICK DUDE YESSSS”

But that didn’t happen. AT ALL and I must admit I was kind of disappointed by the ending. There was nothing to justify it as mentioned previously. “The Unit” wouldn’t have knocked down the wall. It simply doesn’t make no sense and it just came out of nowhere! If there was mention of a “mole” within the government system then yes that would’ve been epic and there would’ve been more of a role with the main character if she was the mole herself. See THAT I would’ve been able to understand but the whole cast of characters didn’t really do much in reality apart from write a message on a wall that sparked a whole protest movement. It did trigger me more than I originally thought

Also I just could not figure out what was so bad about the government really. Like yes, they were corrupt but what was so bad about the wall? Maybe it wasn’t the best way or most effective in keeping the city safe but I needed more persuading and more reasons as to why the government were doing the things that they were doing. The excuse that the wall is “for people’s safety” just seemed wacky to me. It didn’t seem believable at all that nobody be questioning the government’s logic. Also you’d think that the government would look up who is a “Threat” and who isn’t and would send those to the safer side? Wouldn’t they just take the threats to another place where the government would monitor them 24/7?

Oh wait hang on we DO have something like that and it’s called a jail.

*Sigh*

Look, all in all, it was a quick book to get through but it had flaws such as insta-love, characters not really doing anything, an unbelievable world and a sort of unresolved plot. There was so much potential but I just feel like it hasn’t really been tapped into.

ACTUAL RATING: 3 STARS

Thank you to Inside A Dog for sending me a copy 🙂

6 comments

lauraamabel

I can see what you mean. I think that Santee's role was definitely much more realistic than other dystopias starring teenagers, so there was less directly attacking the system and the dictator. I would love to read a book about a government mole! I thought that Z and Santee's relationship was cute, but she did seem to forget about her own family a bit too quickly.

3w ago
sylvs

Yeah I agree it was more realistic but I feel like Katy Warner could've twisted the story to take a completely interesting and more fast paced sort of turn :)

3w ago
bookwithbane

The insta-love also annoyed me. The fact that no one was questioning it reminded me of 1984 (which I'm currently reading)

2w ago
sylvs

Exactly! If this was actually Australia you'd think a lot of people would've thought this was sketchy.

2w ago
bookwithbane

In reply to sylvs

To be fair there could have been a lot of conditioning involved, but it is weird that this is only on a local level and there wasn't any resistance

2w ago
sylvs

In reply to bookwithbane

Yeah that's what I was thinking and also the ending completely threw me off. It just came from nowhere!

2w ago