Fantasy, young adult Publication.Date October 25th 2015 Pages: 378 Published By: Wanderlust Publishing Author C.A Gray The Liberty Box Goodreads My review copy: From the author in exchange for an honest review
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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 was literally blown away by how fantastic this book was. I kept thinking I would find something that didn't make sense, being that the plot and storyline was a bit complicated to grasp. You really had to be totally engrossed to appreciate this suspenseful, dystopian kind of story.
The United States has all but fallen apart. In order to pacify the people a billionaire shows up and promises the falling government a saving grace. All they have to do is brainwash all the people into thinking that everything around them is amazing and the government only helps them. At the center of this controversial idea is trapping the people's brain waves in believing all he lies they see around them. The idea was so engrossing that I was barely able to tear away from this book until I finished it.
Kate is a TV reporter for this new government. She tells the people who in the new Americas was killed for treason of their government. She has a fiancé Will who is a computer hacker but he also seems to believe in this new order. Then someone from Kate's past is killed and Kate can't seem to remember how she knows them. Will starts hunting around and that is when their convenient and lush life starts to fall apart.
I was a HUGE fan of this authors first series so I was so excited when asked to do an honest review based on my interpretation of this story. I am happy to say, I enjoyed this book more than her first writings. Plus, the bonus is that this is just the start of another series by C.A Gray. I can not wait to read more!
About the Author
C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.
Her favorite fictional tales have always been epic battles of good versus evil, with a strong tendency towards parable. An idealist herself, she has always been convinced that these stories have something deeply true to tell us about the human condition, and that is why we love them so much… or at least that’s why she does.
She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teacher (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!