THIS is the reason I no longer trust any book that's labeled "dystopian." Well, as a general rule, I don't trust anything YA.
I'll repeat what I said in my Hunger Games review: authors who do not have a firm grasp on what a dystopian society is or how a dystopian government should act should stay away from dystopian narratives and futuristic fiction altogether.
In terms of writing, though, this book was OK. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was fun, but it was fast paced enough to make me forget what a flimsy dystopian society Chicago had become (will become?). So, it's an energetic ride, but ultimately not believable in retrospect. There are too many holes in the plot to deconstruct the story properly.
[ETA: 06/25] OK, I concede. The writing is not that bad. At some points, it was even entertaining.