Title: Take Me Tomorrow
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Published: July 17, 2014
Source: Review copy
Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo—the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising.
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems.
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy.
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.
*I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.*
Take Me Tomorrow was definitely an intriguing read—different from most of the other books in its genre. Set in a dystopian future, this novel focuses on sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray, a resident of the Topeka region. The government is hard at work to eliminate a drug called tomo, which gives drug users hallucinations about the future—which may or may not be real. Her father works for the government, which helps them get around some of the stricter rules of the controlling government. But when Sophia runs into a strange boy on their land, she doesn’t realize just how much her life is about to change.
First thing I really liked—the cover art. The book is about a drug, so incorporating “Rx” into the title was clever. I really liked the premise of this book. Weird drugs that give clairvoyant abilities, resulting in self-fulfilling in prophecies was a really interesting concept, but I felt like the world-building in Take Me Tomorrow was a bit lacking. I never got a clear picture of just why the world was so bad, or even why tomo was outlawed. I know there was a massacre a couple years ago, but all of the details around it were kind of vague. Because there weren’t enough details given, Phelps and the dystopian government that Thompson built felt like they were lacking the motivations that made them so bad.
I did really like the characters for the most part. Noah was really interesting—the heartthrob bad boy who’s lost almost his entire family. His interactions with Sophia—or as he calls her, “Sophie,” were really entertaining. I really like how he doesn’t try to hold her back the way Broden or her other friends seem to. He just lets her be herself. I would have liked to know more about his past and how he came to be so addicted to tomo.
However, the plot was a bit ambiguous and moved too slowly for my liking. Toward the beginning of the book, Sophia sneaks into the hospital to visit her best friend, Broden, after he gets in a fight. The next half of the novel is spent with Broden and Sophia’s other friends telling her that they can’t tell her what’s going on, what they’re involved in, etc. It took way too long to get to an explanation about why a bunch of teenagers were running around being involved in some secret group.
In a lot of ways, I actually think this book might have served better as a screenplay. It was really heavy on dialogue, and I just felt like it was missing some of the descriptions that would have filled in some of the missing pieces for me. A visual representation of it might have made a big difference for me.
I found Take Me Tomorrow to be an enjoyable read, at a pretty solid three out of five stars. I would recommend it to readers of young adult dystopian fiction.