Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancé and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.
Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.
Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author.
READ THIS BOOK IF:
- You’re looking for a NA dystopian that is NOT romance-centric
- You’re into scifi-style technology that could potentially be a reality
- You’re into rebels, mind power, and need a break from paranormal mashups
- The dystopian world is extremely realistic and possible. The circumstances that led to the fall of the United States are terrifying because they’re probable.
- Jackson’s quick-witted, clear-headed and courageous. The teachings from his grandfather in Iceland to embrace his mental capabilities and become one with his surroundings are intriguing and peaceful. They way he hunts, reads people, and sees things far more clearly than anyone else, give him and edge that’s incredibly attractive and fierce.
- Kate’s memories show how easily the entire country has been brainwashed. Nothing is as it seems, everything is an illusion, and you can’t be sure of anything except the corruption of the government. Anyone who doesn’t fall in line is expendable. The forced vaccinations, the reform schools, and mapping brain wavelengths are a unique form of prison.
- The story has quite a few slow points that drag but then quickly pick up with bursts of action. I found myself having to push through some sections.
- Characters seem disconnected and it’s hard to find cohesion between the two POVs for a large portion of the story. Some parts felt like two different books.
- There’s a ton of description and details about the dystopian world, techniques of hunters and rebels, and while normally this makes for an intricate world that sucks the reader in, there wasn’t enough of an emotional balance. When things fall apart, people die, and chaos happens, there’s no foundation for the pain, no real scenes of emotion between characters, and it felt robotic.
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