“What kind of life is it when you’re running scared?”
1. Never trust anyone.
2. Remember they are always searching.
3. Don’t get involved.
4. Keep your head down.
5. Don’t fall in love.
Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”
But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules.
I went reading this book without any idea about it, not even sure what genre it belongs to. And since I normally don’t read reviews of books I plan to read and review I don’t have any expectations either except that I have to trust the person who said to me that it is a good read. When I read the first few sentences of the prologue I am intrigued right away, I mean who wouldn’t be intrigue when the character says that she have a dead girl’s name and spending a dead girl’s life? Right on cue I want to untangle the mystery of the character. So yeah, I’m pretty hooked right from that start.
Basically, the story charts Ariane Tucker’s life who technically using someone else name but in the purpose of this review let just call her Ariane. She lives with Mark Tucker who she calls father but they aren’t really blood related. They both know Arianne’s real identity and her secrets which they are trying to hide to everyone especially to the GTX – a company where she came from and she’s trying to escape. In order to not get so much attention, Mark set some “rules” for her to follow. She tried her best to stick to the rules, constantly reminding herself to blend in so no one will pay attention to her. She just have to do this until she graduate and be allowed to leave Wingate, far from GTX. But staying undercover isn’t exactly easy, when her only friend get the attention of the most popoular girl in their school, Rachel which also happens to be the grandaugther of GTX’s CEO she have to be extra careful.
Ariane Tucker is a strong heroine. Most of her life she is hiding or running scared, trying to escape from GTX and live freely, but despite of her circumstances she never lose hope. She is also a loyal and helpful friend. When her friend Jenna were caught in Rachel games she have to depend her friend and even fight for her. She will not let anyone degrade her or her friends even if it means breaking the rules.
When Ariane first descibe Zane Bradshaw, my initial reaction is, please don’t let him be the guy main character. I don’t know but I don’t like the initial description of him from Ariane’s point of view. It seems that he is just another shallow character in fictional world. Then the second chapter shows that Zane is doing the narration, which confirms that he is a major character in the story and also confirm that my first impression for him isn’t accurate nor fair, there’s more to him than what he is showing.
There is a new world in here that Stacey Kade is trying to create, though vague in some areas still remarkably powerful. The tension that GTX provides is palpable even if they aren’t really in the scenes. Ariane’s fear and Mark’s constant reminder for her formed this illusion that GTX is something to be afraid of. The school system, police and other parts of the community also acts as if the GTX is in control of their community.
There are few twist and turns which may or may not surprise the readers. In my case, I have to doubt everyone just right after reading Mark’s rules for Ariane. Rule number one said, “Never trust anyone”, and that is one thing that stuck in me while I was reading. I keep on guessing who may be the villain besides from the GTX, and what is Ariane real role in all that is happening. One of my guesses actualy happened which the one that has something to do with Mark, but most of my theories didn’t hit the mark. Sci-fi elements is something I don’t usually enjoy which is why I don’t go projecting that kind of element in most stories I’m reading.
Beside the mystery of Ariane and her life, The Rules also tells a warm story of friendship and love. Ariane’s relationship with her adoptive father, Mark is a nice touch to the story. Her friendship to Jenna also shows what kind of person and friend Ariane is. The people around her did a good job in revealing Ariane’s true personality, something that can be boxed by the rules given to her all her life.
With mysteries, lies, and betrayal, The Rules is a fast-paced and intruguing read. Ariane’s life is interesting enough to hold you from start to end.