At some point in the future some babies are born different. They have different colored skin and abilities. There are blue, pink, green, gold children who can manipulate things, sense things, blend in like camouflage and are great at athletics. These children are known as Malian and they are everywhere. The government has instigated a policy of benign indifference, but people are still afraid and mistrustful of Malians. Amber is a sensitive, gold Malian. She can read the emotions of those around her and believe you it is not a fun ability. She starts a Malian support group at her high school to get the word out about Malians. Her best friend Bree, a regular, and her boyfriend Cam, a camo, join the group. Amber also meets Johnny Marino, a high profile Malian who can persuade people. Amber’s group is all about peaceful coexistence and education, but Johnny has a different agenda. All this is set against the backdrop of high school and all the angst that goes along with it, plus a little extra because of the Malian issue.
This book is told in the format of a scrapbook/diary. As such there is a lot of high school girl drama as Amber waffles between her feelings for Cam and Johnny. But the real story is out these high school students take a stand and become activists for their cause. They learn how to stand up for themselves and not be afraid. They also learn the bad side of activism. I thought Amber and Johnny were a nice contract to each other; both sensitives, both passionate about their cause, but going about it in different ways. Kind of reminded me of the contrast between MLK and the Black Panthers; civil disobedience versus rebellion. I like how Spitzley addressed racism in a different way. She took away the old black versus white argument and made it a regular versus Malian argument. I think she made her point that we are all the same no matter our skin tone; our actions should speak for us not our color.
I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley.