Books Dystopian YA

Rated by Melissa Grey [book review]


Book: Rated

Author: Melissa Grey

Published: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Genre: Young Adult dystopian

Pages: 323

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Rated book summary:

Rated is a young adult dystopian novel where societies thrive on order. There’s a rating system that helps the world stay organized. The higher your score the more value you hold. The lower it is the harder you have to work and at times it’s nearly impossible. At the school Maplethorpe Academy, everything they do reflects their ratings, and their ratings are updated on a daily basis. When the school is vandalized it sets off a chain reaction for six students that might ultimately reflect on their rating.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I thought of Rated:

If you enjoy dystopian novels then make sure to check out my list of YA dystopian novels you HAVE to read!

The premise of this book is actually pretty good. I know I’ve stated it before but with most dystopian novels I can kind of envision something along these lines happening in our future so the government can have better control. The world-building of Rated is really good and something I was able to picture. The characters are believable and never really dull.

The characters

Even though the book is pretty fast-paced and keeps you interested there’s only one thing I didn’t like and kept questioning. High School students are pretty mean-spirited and that’s displayed in the book, but what happens when a student starts deducting your points for no reason? That’s also demonstrated in this book but I don’t think it’s done well enough really.

As much as we hate to admit it kids are able to get away with more than we imagine and authority figures aren’t able to catch everyone that deducts points away from people for no reason. So, what happens when a student gets bullied and has a lot of points taken away from her just because some kids want to be mean? Is she or he basically just thrown under the bus and left to defend for themselves? That’s really the only thing that I didn’t like about the book that I feel like couldn’t really be explained.

Rated does follow multiple characters and their way of life. And their ratings vary from someone in the nineties to someone as low as their thirties. The book talks about their life and what advantages or disadvantages they struggle with. They all want to be perfect even though some aren’t able to manage it and others put on a façade because they already know they won’t amount to anything.

Have any of you guys read Rated yet? If you have what did you think?

If you enjoyed this review then make sure to check out my review for The Ruby Locket.

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2 thoughts on “Rated by Melissa Grey [book review]

  1. Kathleen Bailey

    Hmm interesting. When I saw the book cover I thought it was nonfiction. I haven’t read fiction in years but I did love Dystopian. I could totally see this happening in the future too.

    1. admin

      Dystopian has always been one of my favorites!

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