"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

VERACITY by Laura Bynum

I picked this book up at NCTE back in November (in DisneyWorld!) totally thinking it was a YA dystopic. And even though it turns out the book is written for adults, I think it has huge crossover appeal. It flips around in time (including back to when the main character, Harper Adams, is a child and a teen), and it also fits right in with teen dystopics today. That said, since it is technically an adult book, I'd keep it at the teen and up level for crossover.

VERACITY by Laura Bynum (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, November 2, 2010)

So what makes this book stand out? First off, the world felt incredibly real to me. I loved the time the author spent on the world building...to the point where I could really visualize the surroundings. Even now, a month or so after reading, those imagines are clear in my mind. I loved the hope the author provided in the bleak world. And finally, I loved that the novel was clever in a way that resonated with me.

Teens and adults who love dystopic stories, this one is for you. Definitely recommended!

From Amazon:


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, 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 the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a forbidden, Red Listed 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 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.

Source of book: From publisher at NCTE

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