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Veracity by Laura Bynum

April 5th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Library Book

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from the book:

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.

So far I’ve been a big fan of most of the dystopian books I have read but for me this one was just ok.  I can’t really put my finger on why.  It wasn’t bad but it just never picked up.  The characters were a little bland to me.  We hardly get to see John Gage and Harper together which was a disappointment for me.  Probably the most memorable characters were one of the “villains” and Harper’s trainer.  Other than that what did grab me was when we find out the origin of the pandemic.  I have to admit that was not something I was expecting.  The one negative for me in this book is it jumps back and forth between the past and present too much.  It wouldn’t be so bad it one chapter were say 2045 and one 2040 but it would go from something like July 2045 to August 2045 to July 15, 2045.  So I found myself having to flip back and forth a lot to try and figure out the time line.  Other than that I would rate this as a mediocre dystopian book.  There are a lot of other ones I would prefer but if you are lacking in dystopia reading materials you could add this to the pile.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Dystopia, General Fiction

2 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I’m going to skip your review because I just received this book today to read and review. I’m sad that you gave it 3 out of 5 though. That doesn’t bode well for me :(

  2. dsuzuki

    I hope you like it more than I did. It wasn’t a bad book but there are a lot more interesting dystopian books out there.

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