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Veracity by Laura Bynum
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Jul 17, 12

bookshelves: dystopia
Read from July 11 to 15, 2012

The big plus about this novel is that Harper Adams feels like a real person; with conflicting emotions, doubts, some irrational behavior and, most importantly, clear motivation for her actions. The rest of the cast (the inspirational leader, the evil villain, the bad-ass secondary character…), unfortunately, seems cookie-cutter at best but taken all together they are acceptable.

The police state Bynum describes is terrifying and uses fear liberally in order to keep its citizens under its heel, effective but still a weaker, paler 1984.

One major annoyance is deciding which was more unrealistic: the way the government took control or how its technological advances can seem so uneven. You try to forgive and read on - then you hit the ending and everything good or bad in Veracity is overshadowed by it. The denouement is awful and unimaginative, the suspense artificial and every loose end is taken care of to ensure a happy ending, it almost felt like an after school special. A pity, up till then I was enjoying it.

A perfect example of how a terrible ending can ruin a very good story.
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