Published by Simon and Schuster on 2011-12-06
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, General, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Science Fiction, Young Adult
An eighth grade girl was taken today . . .
With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment.
In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone.
But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.
I have been doing some major cleaning up around my desk, on my desk, under my desk and my book shelves to get ready for the summer and I thought since I had a stack of quite a few books that I read last year and never got to review that I would do just little mini reviews of them.
I have to say first off that the cover is very different from the one I own. For some reason I like the original one much better then the newer version.
The Limit is set way in the future where every family has a set spending allowance that the government has imposed. If the family goes over that limit their children over the age of 13 are taken away to special workhouses and they are suppose to work of the debit to bring it down.
The main character Matt who is 13 years old is feeling pretty good that he won’t be take because he assumes his family is very good with their spending and is shocked when one day they come for him. Matt has no idea what to expect from these workhouses and is pretty shocked when it goes.
The work house is almost like a tiered system where the smartest kids get the most out of the system. Matt falls in to this category. The rooms on the top floor are pretty posh, they have a pool, all the food you can eat and the freedom to buy anything their little hearts desire.
I have to say when I was reading this I was like WTH….how can they have all this access if their families are in debt? It doesn’t make sense so with that you want to read to find out more about this.
Will Matt figure out what is going on? What will he do when he finds out the truth?
The one thing I find fault with is, why do the children have to suffer for what their parents have done with the money? Its not like the children forced their parents to over spend. I think as the parents and adults we need to teach our children good spending habits and explain to them that their are consequences to their spending money when they don’t have it to spend.
I really enjoyed the book and it was pretty fast paced which I really enjoy.