The Limit - Kristen Landon

The Limit by Kristen Landon
Image result for the limitGenre: YA SciFi/Realistic Fiction

Blurb (on back of book): An eighth-grade girl was taken today.
With this first sentence, readers are 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 financial debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but he quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are responsible with their spending, right?
But after Matt's family unexpectedly goes over their limit, Matt is whisked away to a workhouse where far more serious dangers exist than anyone on the outside realizes—dangers that could change his reality forever.


If my sister hadn't recommended this book to me, I most likely would never have picked it up.

As it is though, this book was literally a mix of different genres put together into this amazing story. Matt really tells this story in a way that draws basically any reader in.

Matt is a strong character that you can easily feel for. He is one of those people who is smart, brave, determined, strong, and kind at the same time. He is nice to everyone, and he is smart enough to make the "Top Floor", which is where the smartest kids go after they are being taken to the workhouse. Matt is an athlete, a mathlete, and just a normal kid all in one.

Coop (aka Henry) is also an interesting character who readers can learn to like more than Matt himself. He is a silly funny guy, who isn't as serious as Matt, and lightens the mood when he is featured (kind of like Keefe in the KOTLC series, or Ron in the HP series), and is always cheerful. He is also very smart, and he is always good-natured. He also makes the Top Floor, and he is someone that readers enjoy reading about.

Jeffery is another smart character, but he is not as fun to read about as Matt or Coop, but he is still someone that readers will think about after putting the book down (if you can). Jeffery is a smart, scrawny, underestimated boy who just wants to have friends, and Get A Better Life. His home life is terrible, and he wishes to stay in his new life.

I like how things in this book work out: the plot is interesting and draws a reader in. I think that this book has a good idea, and it makes me wish that I had thought of it first (:))

Overall, I would recommend this book to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

Main Character: Matt
Sidekick(s): Coop, Jeffery, Lauren, Abbie, Mom, Dad, Paige, etc
Villain(s): Honey Lady (Ms. Smoot), Crab Lady, etc
Sci Fi/Realistic Fiction Elements: It could happen in real life in the future. The technology is really realistic. All of this could happen in the future, like I said above.