Summary:Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon's lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet's leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too...
If you were to rewrite Extraction, what are 3 things you would you change about it?
Cait: I reeeeeally hate to assume that I could “write a book better” than an author. This is their “baby” after all, and I’m just a reader.
Zoe: *in which Cait tries to stall answering the question by typing up a really deep paragraph about authors and books*
Cait: Fine! I suppose 3 things I’d like changed would be
- the huge similarities to Divergent
- more character development, particularly of Clementine (who felt like the same person starting the book as ending it)
- more development in the romance! Logan (the love interest) wasn’t even around half the time! GAH!
If you lived in Clementine’s world and were chosen for Extraction, would you be chosen for your intelligence or for your physicality?
Cait: Pfft. Clearly my physicality.
Cait: I’m joking. I’m rather an uncoordinated cucumber, to be honest. (Although I do like a nice early morning run.) And while I’m no genius, I’d like to say my intelligence isn’t abysmal. I know how to bake a cake. I can recite three numbers of pi. I used to be able to name every country in Africa.
Zoe: Baking a cake is a form of intelligence?
Cait: Are you questioning my intelligence?
Zoe: Moving on…
What did you think about the similarities between Extraction and Veronica Roth’s Divergent?
Cait: To be honest, this bothered me a lot and is the reason the book ultimately got only 2 sad little stars from me. I even have a list of the similarities!
- The main character (Clementine) is really short/small/petite like Tris.
- Despite clear physical setbacks, Clem (like Tris) is the BEST fighter.
- There’s a super mean training instructor who picks on Clem for no reason (like Eric and Tris).
- They get rated during training on a super-duper high-tech scoreboard.
- Lucky Clem gets SAVED from meanie instructor by nice instructor (like Four saving Tris)
- The use of serums that control everyone and turn them into drone soldiers.
- Just use a lot of serums, dangit. Am I rereading Divergent here?!
How did you feel about the protagonist Clementine?
Cait: I didn’t feel much about her, actually! I admired her toughness and willingness to do whatever it takes to survive. But she seemed mediocre. Just your average
(*coughDivergentcough*) like heroine, who kicks butt and takes no bullying.
Describe your feelings toward the world-building. Was there anything you’d like cleared up or focused on more?
Cait: I would’ve liked to know WHY the moon was poisonous and HOW everyone could live below ground. (Isn’t the inner earth core really hot?? Um…) What was the point of leaving the poor people on earth to die under the poisonous moon? A society like the one in Extraction can’t really function without poor and rich, so what were the rich planning to do when all the poor people were dead?
Zoe: Considering they’re virtually the same characters from Divergent, my guess would be that they’re probably partying and eating Dauntless cake while everyone else is dying…
Cait: Probably… Still, I AM CONFUSED. So yes, I had a few issues with the world-building. Maybe future books would clear it up??