Rating: 4.5 stars
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…
The Rules is a complete winner from Stacey Kade! I was absolutely enthralled by the unique premise she has presented readers with.
I really enjoyed Ariane as a main character – I love her quirky habits and tendencies, despite the Rules that exist to run her life. She could let them take over her life, but she still manages to get by well enough.
Stacey Kade takes readers for a ride with The Rules. By the end of the book, Stacey Kade had pulled things that I did not even think were possibly and it was just brilliant. I felt like I had done a 180. The plot was just addicting and my heart hurt so much at certain parts of the book – it was heartbreaking! Also, there is some pure evil going on and Stacey Kade nailed that part of the book.
I do wish Ariane’s origins had been explained a bit more – by the end of the book, I felt like I had gotten a lot of the pieces, but more information about her and the whole project surrounding her would be nice. I am hoping that there is more about her origins and some of the history in book 2.
I am so happy to see sci-fi back on the rise in YA. It is such a wonderful genre and all the recent YA scifi has been just fantastic. Stacey Kade has written a compelling cast of characters who drew me in and I cannot wait to see how their story will continue in the next book!