Title: The Limit
Author: Kristen Landon
Publication date: 07/09/2010
An eighth grade girl was taken today . . . With this first sentence, readers are immediately thrust into a fast-paced thriller that doesn't let up for a moment. In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.
I loved the truth behind the story of this book.
The main character, Matt, and his family have to be careful in how much money they spend a month in case they go over their monthly limit of debt.
Nowadays, all lot of people, especially the younger generations, have the attitude of needing instant gratification. The attitude that if we want something, we get it straight away instead of waiting for it, even if it’s something we can most definitely afford. We are all guilty of it I think, one way or another.
Doesn’t it feel better though, to wait for a little while? So that when we do get what we want, it feels like a bigger deal because we have been patient and saved that bit more money. Like me waiting for a month to buy any books. I save that bit more money, it feels great when I do buy some books like it’s a sort of reward for being patient and I get to catch up on my reading pile in the meantime!
This book gets that message across perfectly. If Matt doesn’t save money in the smallest – or not so small – of ways to get his family back under ‘The Limit’ then he doesn’t get to see his family again. Getting back to his family is the ultimate reward.
However, I couldn’t really get into the book as much as I wished to. I appreciated some of the humour in it and the message and all but at times the book just…dragged. Nothing really exciting happened, or nothing that had any real consequence at least. The story ran out of steam after a while until the ending came.
The ending was….okay. It could have been a whole lot better. But it wasn’t, because nothing happened. Again. It was just the same problem, over and over.
Overall though, it was okay and the message behind the story was great.
About the author:
Kristen Landon always thought it would be nice to live in a place where winter never gets too cold. Besides one lovely winter in California, she has spent her life bouncing back and forth between Michigan and Utah – both great places in the spring, summer, and fall. She now lives with her husband and four children in a home with fabulous views of Utah’s beautiful mountains out every window.