#1 Bestseller in Austin ―Austin American-Statesman
2015 Summer Reads Pick ―Austin American-Statesman
"In Contract City, Mark Falkin dreams up a near dystopian future that is already eerily upon us, where privatized services are becoming standard fare, where fear is now palpable and our sense of security comes with a price. I happened to come across this fine book in the fall of 2016, and in many ways it's been a sobering glimpse into the age of Trump."
"If you’re a not-so-young adult who appreciates this genre, Falkin’s book is a must”
"Falkin offers a timely and discussion-worthy look at where the U.S. might be headed, wrapped in nonstop (and profanity-laced) action . . . With twists turning until the end, it's hard to put this down.”
"Falkin focuses as much on wordcraft as plot twists, which elevates this believably futuristic tale"
"Contract City is an engaging mystery, but also works as an action-filled adventure, a futuristic story, and a cautionary tale about censorship, inequality, and justice . . . Though the subject matter can be gritty at times, the book is entertaining, thought-provoking, and most of all—a timely reminder that the society we live in may not be so far away from becoming the society described in Contract City."
—Mystery Scene Magazine
"Falkin animates his story with timeless themes and honest illustrations of what often feels like uncharted terrain bridging childhood and adulthood. Contract City is an engaging, suspenseful portrayal of a world that, although imagined, feels all too familiar. The pursuit of truth and the courage required to right a wrong, especially when those in the wrong are the mightier majority, is a provocative notion that should be planted and nurtured in the minds of all readers, regardless of age, but especially of the YA genre.”
“This is an interesting take on the popular dystopian style. The omniscient narrator’s language is elegant, almost out of place in such a gritty world, but the vernacular of the characters’ dialogue is realistic. Teens will identify with the protagonists here, who are concerned with the same issues: sex, alcohol, smoking, school angst, and friendship. VERDICT An additional purchase for any high school library.”
―School Library Journal
"A novel rife with engaging characters and rich with powerful ideas and implicit warnings about an all-too-believable future, Contract City is the very best kind of page-turner.”
"I loved this book. Just incredible. Read it cover-to-cover & couldn't put it down. The story is crazy-good. Rich, fresh, & spellbinding. The world he creates in Contract City is so real, you can touch it. Truly fabulous writing."
―Martha Louise Hunter
"Powerful, ambitious and compulsive, Mark Falkin’s futuristic setting left me nostalgic for a world where I still live. Sara is one of those characters—real, raw, vulnerable—who I would follow anywhere, even down paths as dark as this one.”