Book Review: Prison Nation by Jenni Merritt

Prison Nation (Prison Nation, #1)Title: Prison Nation
Author: Jenni Merritt
Series: Prison Nation #1
Published Date: December 2011

Book Summary:
In the Nation, no one is innocent – not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

Millie 942B was a Jail Baby. She was born and raised inside of Spokane Prison, living in small cell with her parents. She never knew why her parents were locked up but she didn’t want to know – soon she will be released into the Nation and be a part of the community. But doubt sets in her mind because everything will change when she turns 18. Finding out what her parents actually did made her furious but when she gets out, she finds out the truth about the Nation and the reason why everyone calls it Prison Nation. People disappearing, prisons on every corner of the Nation and a great Wall that surrounds it to not only keep everyone in but also keep everyone out. Losing her close friends but finding love is unexpected but she is strong. She is strong and free.

”Imagine living in happiness. Imagine eating all the apples you ever wanted, and knowing that at the end of the day, you would still be free. You would still be in my arms”

Prison Nation is Dystopian novel about a girl who believes in the country until everything that she knew is a lie. Millie is a very complicating character and she tried to be a good citizen. But seeing things with her own eyes makes her doubt everything that she ever knew. I really thought that she was very strong and enjoyed reading about her character. There were many other characters in the book that made the story entertaining like Jude the guard, Maria, and even the guy who worked in the Records building.

I do think that there are a lot of questions that I wish I found answers to. Who owns the apples? How is the government run and by who? What is the fog that Millie always gets? This was never explained in the book and when I read Dystopian novels, I want to know at least the Government system. There is second book in this series that I wish to read and maybe then I will find out what it means.

Overall, this was an entertaining read, slow at times. There is a little bit of a cliffhanger at the end but it’s explainable and fits perfectly into the series.

Rating: 3.5 Stars!
Content: Minimum violence; Some language
Source: Amazon purchase
Link to puchase: Amazon