Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one-half of the country's population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, the Confederation of the Willing, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and a device called the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a Red-Listed, forbidden word is to risk physical punishment or even death.
But there are those who resist. Guided by the fabled "Book of Noah," they are determined to shake the people from their apathy and ignorance, and are prepared to start a war in the name of freedom. The newest member of this resistance is Harper -- a woman driven by memories of a daughter lost, a daughter whose very name was erased by the Red List. And she possesses a power that could make her the underground warriors' ultimate weapon -- or the instrument of their destruction.
In the tradition of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Laura Bynum has written an astonishing debut novel about a chilling, all-too-plausible future in which speech is a weapon and security comes at the highest price of all.
First things first, this book is not for the faint hearted or people with weak stomachs. This book gets into grizzly detail about a society who gave up its basic constitutional rights in exchange for safety from a disease. This book reminds me so much of V for Vendetta...just in America and grizzlier.
The characters are strong, and in this book you have to be strong or you die. Its just unfathomable what some of these characters went through in order to join the resistance and try and fight for their country and freedoms. Its crazy what Harper alone has endured to get her self where she is.
This book is dark and as I said a couple of times before, grizzly; it will make you think and consider you own place in the world. Which is a good thing, literature to make us use our brains. I enjoyed reading this book because of the vocabulary lesson, and the writing style, but I did not enjoy reading this book because I am not a dystopian book lover. So if you like dystopian literature then this book is perfect for you.
Received from: Publisher for review
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I give this book 4/5 stars. ★ ★ ★ ★
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