Who do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is a lie?
For the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. Teenagers Tommy and Careen have never known life without the government-approved Civilian Restrictions. For them, there’s no social media. No one is allowed to gather in public places or attend concerts or sporting events. Only a small, select group of adults have driving privileges. It’s a small price to pay for safety.
Now a new, more deadly, terrorist threat looms: airborne chemical weapons that can be activated without warning. The OCSD is ready with an antidote to counteract the effects of the toxins. Three drops a day is all it takes. It’s a small price to pay for health.
Tommy and Careen obediently take the antidote; neither considers stopping when strange things begin to happen. The day the disaster sirens signal the dreaded attack, Tommy shares his last dose with Careen, even though doing so might hasten his death. It’s a small price to pay for a friend.
Follow Tommy and Careen as they uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels of the United States government and join an underground resistance group that’s determined to expose the truth.
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ReviewCounteract by Tracy Lawson
Kats rating: 5 of 5 stars
*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat***
So This book was on my To read pile and was pushed back for various reasons. The Author kindly understood and had messaged me to see if I had had a chance to read it. I had started it and thought right - I am going to finish it this weekend. My initial thoughts were that it was an interesting premise but I was wondering what was going on as we moved from Tommy and Careen. But as the story evolves I was hooked, so much so I finished book 1 then carried on with book 2 and I am in the middle of book 3 but my kindle is dead so I am taking the time to write the reviews for books 1 and 2 while it charges up!
The Plot - set in he USA its a Dystopian future that after the current politics could easily be a scary prediction of what could happen if the government/security agency got too much power. For the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. OR HAVE THEY?????
Join Tommy and Careen, two young adults away at college who uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels of the United States government and join an underground resistance group that’s determined to expose the truth. The writing style was good, the character development was also, and as further characters are introduced we see the extent of the civil liberties the residents of the USA have given up. The pace was fast once we got started.
Careen was both brave but also vulnerable, she used her wits to not only help Tommy but, in the end help the resistance.
Tommy, well he had a rough time, injured in a car accident, it takes Careen coming into his life for him to realise he had something to live for.
This book made me think - would this happen? would the public get so scared that they would give in to the pressure of the Authorities and submit to the harsh restrictions? If you like a book that makes you think, and in the current climate would make a very good reading topic for young adults and adults alike.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Ben Franklinwise words to remember.
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Author BioOnce upon a time, Tracy Lawson was a little girl with a big imagination who was obsessed with telling stories. Her interests in dance, theatre, and other forms of make-believe led to a twenty-year career in the performing arts, where “work” meant she got to do things like tap dance and choreograph musicals. A mid-life career change has yielded thus far Counteract, Resist, and Ignite in the YA dystopian Resistance Series, and a nonfiction history book entitled Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More. Tracy, who is married with one college-aged daughter and two spoiled cats, splits her time between Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00E84PQMG
The Resistance Series Website: http://counteractbook.com