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As the result of global catastrophe, the Reorganized United States of America only has room for a limited population with a zero percent increase - couples hoping to start a family must get a successful Death Match to be authorized to have a child. In other words a person has to die before another can be born. What if one unauthorized child slipped through the cracks of the Department of Population Control? A child with a father who knew all the loopholes and the right way to exploit them? How far would the government go to eliminate the Slip before everything falls apart?
Slip is well-written and includes a fully fleshed out cast of characters placed in a chilling vision of future St. Louis. Luce, Rod and Gonzo, and Janice definitely stole the show for me, but I loved the look we get into Benson's mind from childhood to teen years. The way the chapters were from split perspectives - the most interesting being between Benson and Harrison. Of course, the inclusion of Pop Con hunts were an excellent way for us to see the stakes. The ads, articles, and promos at the end of each chapter were an excellent addition that directly tied into the story.
David Estes's new series opener is fantastic - a must read for fans of sci-fi and dystopian novels. I can't wait to read the sequels, Grip and Flip!
I read this ebook from May 9 - June 4, 2015 and my review is also on Goodreads.