Slip by David Estes



Author: David Estes

Published on: 1 December 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Pages: 416

Format: E-book

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Someone must die before another can be born…

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population. Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child. Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population. The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks? What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them? Would it change anything? Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.

This novel is by far one of the best dystopian novels I have ever read. The writing is amazing and the world building is fantastic. I feel that the world is so disturbing and yet utterly beautiful at the same time, pretty ironic right? 😀 The reason is that the population control system is so screwed up that I can’t imagine that people actually support it. Killing children just because they are born before their death-match candidates pass away? That is such an inhumane act! Yet, citizens there don’t bat an eyelid when innocent children are killed. However, the world is beautiful in a way that technology had developed so rapidly that there are holograms, and hoverboards that can ‘fly’ high up in the air. The futuristic realm is so breathtaking. Imagine flying on a hoverboard. Robots plying the streets with holograms of advertisements. And crunching on a ‘devil pill’ to fill your stomach.

The writing is so good, and I love the tiny snippets at the end of every chapter that showed the advertisements that were broadcast by the Population Control. It showed the heavy usage of propaganda in the Reorganised United States of America (RUSA) and the impacts it had on the citizens. The citizens were brainwashed to a state whereby they viewed Unbees (Unauthorised Beings, i.e. children who were born before their death matches passed away) as nothing but animals that should never be alive as these Unbees would be ‘stealing’ precious resources away from them.

I love the character development in this novel. The aspect which made characters stood out was their differing morals, personalities, and values in life. That was portrayed in the author’s writing when he showed how the characters’ past shaped and molded them into their present selves.


One thing that bothered me while reading this novel is the law being implemented by the government on having a population control measure such that population will not rise beyond the limit set. Why should there be a need to implement population control since RUSA is a futuristic world where technology is so advanced that hoverboards and holograms are present? Shouldn’t food and genetic engineering be equally, if not more advanced? Why should there be a need to set a population control if they can genetically modify food? For example, shortening the growth rate of plants. It is pretty ironic that the technology in RUSA is so advanced and yet there is still a shortage of resources.

Finally, I would like to thank NetGalley and the author/publisher for giving me an opportunity to read and give an honest review of this novel. 🙂



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