If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, this is the book for you. 4/5 stars.
The blurb: What happens when society wants you banged up in prison for a crime your parents committed?
That’s the situation in which Ant finds herself – together with her little brother Mattie and their foster-parents, she’s locked up in a new kind of family prison. None of the inmates are themselves criminals, but wider society wants them to do time for the unpunished ‘heritage’ crimes of their parents.
Tensions are bubbling inside the London prison network Ant and Mattie call home – and when things finally erupt, they realize they’ve got one chance to break out. Everyone wants to see them punished for the sins of their mum and dad, but it’s time for Ant to show the world that they’re not to blame.
In the interests of full disclosure, I must start this post by declaring my positive bias towards the author of Blame. I imagine readers based in the UK will know who Simon Mayo is. For those of you who don’t, he’s a radio presenter who has broadcast on the BBC practically every day since the late 1980s. I’m a big fan to the film review show he hosts with the film critic Mark Kermode every Friday on 5 Live (HTJI). This meant that before starting Blame I was both predisposed to like the book, while at the same time worried I wouldn’t. The excellent news is that I had nothing to fear because Blame is excellent YA fiction and every bit as nail-biting as promised.