So, Fugitive X is about these three kids, all family, Kevin, Nick, and Cass, Cass being the girl, who are in the forest on the run from these bots apparently after escaping their city that was trying to kill them and was able to be shut down courtesy of them for ninety minutes. They're trying everything they can to avoid recapture and be "reeducated" to a proper citizen, hopefully finding some rebels that are said to be around the big forest. Remind you of anything? Oh, I don't know. Say, Erin Bowman's debut novel Taken? Or Lois Lowry's The Giver in the third act? But then a little mix-up and bogus planning ends up with two separated and in camps and the other set to be brainwashed. How will they reunite and once again, escape from whatever community is holding them captive, for their safety or their own?
Maybe one of the reasons I hated this book is because I've now read SO many like this. Maybe I'm starting to lose my mojo. Still, it doesn't usually make for a good book when your title is about a fugitive in which we don't know which one it is, nor are half the time the characters actually on the run. That's like saying we are all fugitives from Al Qaeda. Duh, but can you really call us hunted? There's also the terribly flat characters. There are these side characters, Lexi and Farryn, who seem to be your same normal dime-a-dozen resourceful heroes, and Kevin, Nick and Cass all feel a little black and white. Apart from difference in age and speed, there doesn't seem to be any difference of personality between them. I may be bashing this book just because that information was probably put into the first instalment, but a few things tell me I still would've hated this book either way for three other reasons I haven't talked about yet. 1) A main character is brainwashed and has to be healed and remember what her real life was once like. Really? We already spent so much time with this character in the first book (if you read it) and we know her life and her being brainwashed, so what was the point other than to slow down the entire rest of the crew and go on about how "you're not my family"? If it was a mystery as to who was the real family to us as well somehow, that would've been better. 2) The two characters who aren't brainwashed keep thinking of ways to escape their camps without ever thinking things through hard enough. They're too one-sided. 3) The escape plans and processes are stupid.
It is sometimes action packed though, and there were two times where I was moderately surprised. However, there were too many plot elements that felt like cheap knockoffs of much better ones and the characters don't seem to have any colour or goal.