My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Maybe I’m burned out on dystopian fiction, but I wasn’t blown away by this book. Each short chapter reads like a vignette with a lot going in it to set the atmosphere and mood, but not much actually happens. It’s not that The Unit is character driven, or even plot driven. It just sort of follows the main character for a short time in her life.
I think the shortcoming for me was that I couldn’t relate to the main character or any of the supporting characters. I felt like I was just watching them through a security camera, with no emotional attachment at all. The fact that the characters just seem to go about their lives not questioning anything that happens to them makes me not care about what actually happens to them.
What The Unit does well is bring up the idea of humane experimentation on people. From what I read from it, the test subjects don’t have it that badly, and it certainly seems like a lot of them freely volunteer for it. This’ll probably never fly in the real world, but in the world of the Unit, it works.