**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley.
I am one of the many who feel I have grown tired and weary of new dystopian books because they start to feel all the same; however, I did not get that feeling with this particular book. Rite of Rejection takes place in a society where everyone has to go through Acceptance when they reach a certain age. They are presented to the public and put through a machine that either flashes green or red. If it flashes green, all is right and you are allowed to go on and become a member of society (a housewife if you happen to be a girl!)….but if the dreaded red pops up, you are banished and sent to the Pit with no explanation whatsoever. So, when good-citizen Rebecca is rejected by the machine and sent away, she has no idea why. As she goes through the Pit entry process, she is horrified at what is happening. She quickly bonds with a group of other “rejects” and proves herself worthy of becoming part of their family, which has the sole purpose of trying to escape their destiny in the Pit. When they are betrayed and caught in their attempts, they are severely punished and have to try to recover and find another way out by letting the world know the truth. This author did a great job of world-building for me, as I could envision what kind of place they were in and how horrible it must have been. Even though I suppose this book was set in the future, I got a feel of classic Southern charm as well in the beginning when they were talking about what their society was like so it didn’t feel overly techy or other-worldly to me. I will most likely be purchasing this and recommending to students in my school library.
My rating: 3.5/5