The Diary of Pelly D – L.J. Adlington

ISBN: 978-0060766153
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 288
Age Range: 12 and up
Series: Yes; first
Reader’s Annotation: Pelly D lives in a perfect world with the newest and coolest fashion and friends. All that changes when her genetic make-up marks her as the lowest social group of her world.
Summary: Set in the distant future, Toni V, a construction worker tasked with cleaning up pieces of the old society, discovers a diary. Unwilling to follow protocol and throw it away, he spends his evenings in the mind of Pelly D, a girl living on the cusp of a new world. Her diary documents her wealthy lifestyle before those in charge decide to divide society into the three genetic types; Pelly D turns out to be part of the most undesirable. Toni V. is left to decide how to live in a world that Pelly D. wasn’t allowed to live in. This title is interesting because it takes part in two different time periods: the perfect world that deteriorated and the future world trying to rebuild itself. Readers will struggle alongside Toni V. to merge these two very different worlds, and to situate themselves in a world that allows genetic holocaust.