Three years before the events of Drone (Beyond the Dome: Book 1), Vikka and Rylee are best friends. Now it’s Rylee’s turn to become a factory girl, but even that won’t help her escape her cruel father or the awful life the New World Plutonomy has planned for her. When Rylee runs away to find a way “beyond the Dome” that covers Alpha City, Vikka is desperate to find and save her friend… But is it already too late?
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Hard times in Drone Town is the final book in Jackson’s analogy and is also #0.1 in the Beyond the Dome series.
The story is about two young girls who were drones in an alternate future where adults work until they die, and their children go in and work until they die. As they contemplate their future one decides that she is going to get out of the dome by any means necessary and leaves to try her luck at living as a proverbial enemy of the state.
What happens is not as Rylee or Vikka had hoped for. As Vikka finds out, her friend not only did not find a way out, but found herself in such a predicament that factory work may have been better.
They was good, it was a good look at an alternate future as well as how terrifying it can be if one corporation gains control of the entire world. Power can be a terrible thing, and in this book it shows the depth that a powerful can have, including twisting the thoughts and future of those who live under you.
I was really hopeful for this story, especially the way it started out, however it was really rushed and ended in such a manner that you almost expected it, there was no twist and really no horror in the sense of that is what happens when you are unmarked, an enemy, and live on the streets. It does show what can happen when power is taken away from the people and put into the hands of those who do not have the best interest of the population. That is to say that this is not a good story, it was, but for me it wasn’t what I had hoped it would be and the language was that it didn’t fulfill my need for the story enough. I would have liked to know more about the factory, why the age of death was X years, and more about Rylee and Vikka.