Jaded is a story about sixteen year old Jade who lives a community called Nirvana. In Nirvana, people are classified by their color. Once a child turns seventeen, they choose the life path of one of their parents and get an eye surgery to reflect their decision. Right before Jade’s grandmother dies, she gives Jade her diary which exposes the dark secrets of some of Nirvana’s citizens. The rest of the book basically focuses on developing that plot.
This novel is a combination of several genres: mystery, thriller, dystopian, and YA. I liked how the author continually sets up clues surrounding Nirvana’s secrets. Just when you think you’re one step closer to finding out the truth, she throws another curve ball. For me, the characters of Jade, Ty, and Peaches were all very likable; I hate reading about despicable protagonists.
One thing I would’ve like to have seen was more history about Nirvana –where and why is was founded. Nirvana also borders ‘The Outside’. Other than slightly dated technology and eye surgery, Nirvana doesn’t seem that different from the Outside. That part didn’t make much sense to me, because why then have a separate community. I hope the author expands on this in the next few books.
I recommend this book mostly for middle grade and YA. It’s a quick, clean, and enjoyable read.