In the Nation, no one is innocent - not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.
But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice. And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.
What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.
I downloaded Prison Nation as a freebie not knowing what to expect. The description sounded interesting even though it is something I normally would not have read. I am glad I did, it was a great read.
Millie is what is known as a Jail Baby. Millie's parents are both in jail & she was born in jail. In this interesting world 50% of the population is in jail. The Nation is what the U.S. used to be before it broke free from the UN & put up a wall around itself to keep the bad out & the good in. On Millie's 18th Birthday she is scheduled to be released as is all the Jail Babies. She will miss her parents, Orrin & Jude but needs to start her life on the outside, where it is safe (she wishes). Carl the new guard is obsessed with Millie & does not want her to leave the prison. He wants her & scares her by ruffing her up before her release date. She knows she needs to get away from him fast.
She meets Reed, Maria, and various others that help her get settled in. Reed helps her learn the ropes at her new job & Maria helps her feel welcome in her new living quarters.
Throughout this story I fell madly in love with Millie. She is sweet, beautiful, loyal, timid, & strong. Reed is very sweet to her & tries to help her through the transition of being on the outside. Millie learns that The Nation is not what it appears to be from inside her jail cell looking out. Now it is up to her to truly feel what the word FREE means. In order to do this Reed & Millie must break a lot of rules, risk being put back in jail, leave people behind with whom she has found a friendship & figure out how to get outside the wall.
This is a great adventure of a young woman struggling to find herself in a world with a lot of choices she has never had to make. Fighting for FREEDOM she thought she had.
Jenni Merritt's web page states that there will be a sequel "Lady Justice" and I am looking forward to it.