The Initiation by Chris Babu | Book Review


In a ruined world, Manhattan is now New America, a walled-in society based on equality. But the perfect facade hides a dark truth.

A timid math geek, sixteen-year-old Drayden watches his life crumble when his beloved mother is exiled. The mystery of her banishment leads him to a sinister secret: New America is in trouble, and every one of its citizens is in jeopardy.

With time running out, he enters the Initiation. It’s a test within the empty subway tunnels—a perilous journey of puzzles and deadly physical trials. Winners join the ruling Bureau and move to its safe haven. But failure means death. Can Drayden conquer the Initiation, or is salvation out of his grasp?


Chris Babu


Permuted Press

Release date:

February 27th 2018

No. of Pages:

Hardcover, 320 Pages

I have never read a dystopian before and I really enjoyed The Initiation. I was just in awe, I was so into it. I liked the writing style, it was easy, good flow, wasn't confusing. Although everything that happens was pretty much a mystery to me, you get all your questions answered little by little, in the best of ways in my opinion.

The world is dangerous and crazy and kinda scary. The characters are both realistic and likable and the way they interact is so relatable and real. I couldn't put the novel down. Events in the book are so outrageous but I think that is part of what keeps you engaged. I'll leave it at that so as to not give anything away. Overall, I find the concept of the story good. This is a great read and I can't wait for the sequel!


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