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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Two teens discover the government is staging terrorist attacks to exploit and control the public in Tracy Lawson’s eerily believable YA debut novel.

In an alternate reality version of 2034, terrorist attacks on American soil continue after the events of 9/11. The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, created in 2019 to oversee domestic security, rises to unprecedented hei
Paperback, Second Edition, 192 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by DysCovered Publishing (first published August 4th 2014)
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catherine ♡
*Thank you to the author for providing me a free e-copy. This is my full and honest opinion.*

So, this is a dystopian story. But what really sets it apart from the other ones like Divergent, The Hunger Games, or Legend. Why? Because this book seems so real. The premise of this book seems like just another dystopian, but in truth, there are so many parts of this story that are grounded in modern society, and when you think of the terrorist threats that have plagued the world and compare it to the
Johanna Harness
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this book five stars because the premise is so fresh and because the narrative works well as a beginning point to discuss how we are often asked to give up freedom and privacy for a sense of security.

The story opens with citizens being told they must take a drug to counteract the effects of a terrorist-released poison. Lawson creates a clever narrative where we begin knowing, without question, that the terrorists are the enemy. By the end, we realize that those truly loyal to the coun
Jacqueline Smith
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In a fictional era where futuristic dystopian novels are all the rage, it's difficult to find a whole lot of originality. Counteract by Tracy Lawson provides a look into a not-so distant future that at first glance seems farfetched and unrealistic… Yet the more you read, the more you think, you start to realize that a United States under the strict control and surveillance of The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense doesn't seem quite so impossible.

In the year 2034, the United States government
Claire Heaven
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tommy and Careen start out as naïve teenagers who believe the government will protect them from an imminent chemical attack by terrorists. Overwhelmed by fear mongered by the very people who are trusted to protect them, the pair are amongst the millions who willingly take the drug they’re offered and believe it will protect them. Purely by accident they discover the truth about the so-called, ‘antidote’, that it is merely a cocktail of drugs to subdue the masses. Then they must decide, who is re ...more
H. P.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-sf
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
– Ben Franklin

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense confirmed that a chemical weapons attack against the United States is imminent. Terrorists have released a latent cocktail of poisons into the atmosphere, where it can remain, inert, until such time as they choose to detonate it. You are directed to report to a designated distribution center in your area to receive an antid
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

My Opinion Of This Book: I absolutely loved it!

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

When I first got a message asking if I wanted to review this book, I checked out the GR synopsis and it definitely caught my interest. It sounded unlike anything I've ever read and that's exactly what it turned out to be. I mean, wow, this is such a unique novel. I love its fresh premise and how different it is.
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Counteract is a great addition to any YA Dystopian's bookshelf.

4.5 out of 5

The world is much safer than it was 15 years ago, at least that's what the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense would like you to think. There are basically no freedoms and you are watched at every turn. Now, the OCSD wants to "protect the citizens" by coming up with an antidote to the poison that terrorists are releasing randomly into the atmosphere. Needless to say,
This mostly believable dystopian thriller creates a chilling picture of a government that goes above and beyond to protect its citizens from terrorism. Book one in the Resistance Series does an excellent job at reeling readers in. It’s fast paced, edgy, and ends with a mega cliffhanger… though the constant change in POVs can give whiplash.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (OCSD) has their hands full. They single handedly react and take down any threat the nation faces and further ensure
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
****4 Cranky Stars

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver's licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there's a new threat-air
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an incredible read! Loved every second of it and can not wait to start the next book! Really makes you think about when others tell you what's best for you without explaining why... ...more
Elizabeth C
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Enjoyable!

This book is fast paced and has relatable characters. I had a great time reading it and I'm ready for the next book!
Luanne Westerberg
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Interesting concept. At first the characters are confusing. As the book developed the plot becomes interesting... You begin to understand maybe it could happen.
DarkRaven Reviews
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good and suspenseful
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed getting the chance to read this book. The novel is based in the United States in the not so distant future. There's a new thing in the government, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (OCSD), which was created to help fight against terrorists and keep the people of the US safe from them.

The story seems to jump right into something from the first page. There's an alert, and people find out that
Kyle Wendy Skultety (
This review originally appeared on my blog

Many thanks to Tracy Lawson for gifting me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Careen is heading to her university class one Friday in 2034 when disaster sirens blare. There is general confusion:

A frightened crowd gathered outside the university’s student center, pressing toward the doors and shouting over the siren. Careen fought to keep her balance in the undulating mob. The shrieking siren stopped abruptly, and in the unn
Holly Storrow
This review was originally posted on Book Twister ReviewsCounteract by Tracy Lawson was a book that caught my eye the moment it was presented to me, with a dystopian plotline different from any other I've read in recent times, and I couldn't wait to dig in. But in the end, the novel as a whole fell kind of flat and left me with a "meh" taste in my mouth.

In Counteract, Lawson creates a future America that isn't very hard to imagine. The government, through a division called The Office of Civilian
Charlotte Chavous
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
How do I explain this book? For me, I can't do it without getting a little political. That being said, I am not one to push my beliefs on anyone. I will only say just enough to explain how I see the book.

The premise is one that we are actually beginning to see play out in our own politics here in the US. We are beginning to see a government telling us what is best for us, what we should and will start feeding our own children, We are being told who we can and can not sell to as business owners.
Judi Easley
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers who like dystopian/scifi feeling romances
Recommended to Judi by: Author
The Resistance Series

By Tracy Lawson


28 pages, prequel, Nov 2016, Teen/YA


186 pages, book 1, Oct 2018, Teen/YA


282 pages, book 2, Oct 2018, Teen/YA


269 pages, book 3, Oct 2018, Teen/YA


240 pages, book 4 (final), Oct 2018, Teen/YA

Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook (except the prequel, which is only in Kindle format)

Provided, Author

Sci-fi Dystopian YA


The covers are interesting and present an interesting series. Initially, when looking at them, they don’t appear to be a t
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Counteract (The Resistance Series #1)
By: Tracy Lawson

Thank you to
Tracy Lawson, author
For a complimentary copy
All opinions expressed are my own.

I've read a lot of dystopian fiction, some ridiculously far fetched, some slightly possible, but the premise of Counteract is one of very few that actually seems plausible to me.
Picture this: the government tells you that an enemy nation has a"stash" of killer poison gas, and an attack is imminent. But, the government can save you
What if the government controlled every aspect of your life? From the food that you eat, to the programming you watch on television? Every. Single. Aspect. What if the government - the one you trusted so much, tells you that an airborne chemical weapons attack from another nation is imminent and you HAD to take an antidote to counteract the deadly air that MIGHT be coming? Would you question it? And what would you do if you found out that the government - the one thing that you trusted all of yo ...more
Connie Peck
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When free will becomes an illusion, the Resistance will rise…
Tracy Lawson

From the first page to the last, I held my breath. Well, maybe not that long. I could be reading this in the news tomorrow. Yeah, it’s that real.

Careen Catecher is a regular college student with grades on her mind – and then the terrorist attacks begin. And it’s the worst possible attack. A deadly poison has been released into the atmosphere. But the good, hardworking and caring government has been preparing for
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an unedited ARC of "Counteract" and changes may have been made since my reading.

"Counteract" is a New Adult Dystopian set in America's future. The book follows a few different characters including a college student named Careen whose father was killed by terrorists when she was a child, a young man named Tommy who's recovering from a car accident that killed his parents, Eduardo - a mailman, Dr. Trina Jacobs and Kevin who both work for the OSCD, the government organization in charge o
Billy Buttons
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was recently entered and was a FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Counteract
Author: Tracy Lawson
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 25

Of the 25 readers:
Editing 9/10
Style 10/10
Cover 10/10
Plot 9/10
Total 38/40

24 would read another book by this author.
14 thought the plot was the best part of the book.
25 thought the cover was good or excellent.
11 thought the setting was the best part of the book.
8 likened it to The Hunger Games.

Brian's Book Blog
Counteract is a great addition to any YA Dystopian’s bookshelf.

4.5 out of 5

Counteract is a really nice addition to the young adult/YA Dystopian scene. The characters were well hashed out and incredibly likable. I’m always happy when an author (especially a new/indie one) can write such strong characters that drive the rest of the book. The antagonist in this being the entire system that they are fighting against is well described too. It’s definitely a “character” that is incredibly hard to like
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I first started this book, I was really confused by the different view points. But, as I kept reading I loved how I would see the characters develop together and longitudinally rather than just alone.
Careen is a crack up, everything she does I can picture my sassy self doing and I loved reading about her, she isn't a one dimensional female hero but she also isn't just a pretty face. That is all I ever ask of a character and she gave it to me.
Something about the way this is written really c
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ann by: author
Counteract is a fast paced, analytical thriller about  a nation and it's people in the brink of destruction. In the beginning we meet Careen and Tommy college students who don't know each other but will be brought together because of terrorists threats.

They both drink a formula of sorts which was said to keep them safe.The action starts from there and minor and supporting characters we have to get to know while reading. The story is not so brand new, and I admit I must have encountered similar
Patrick Hodges
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
With a plot that hits dangerously close to home, a plot that involves a corrupt government attempting to control its citizens through fear and manipulation (seriously - can't you see Trump cooking something like this up beneath that toupee?), Counteract is a fast-paced story that will have turning pages from beginning to end.

There are numerous shifts in the story as we travel from character to character. The main characters, I suppose, are teenager Careen and Tommy, who connect with each other w
Jenni Crawford
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
***Review has been gifted in exchange for my honest opinion and on behalf of Kats Book Promotions/ Katsindiebookblog.*** This is a dystopia thriller at its best. The US as you know it now, no longer exists. Instead of states, you are in a quadrant. Instead of a president, you have a Quadrant Master. With an imminent threat lurking around the corner causing airborne attacks, the government created an antidote to ward off the threat. Or is this just all a ploy to find out how loyal and willing yo ...more
Undeniably Addicted to Books
This is an easy read dystopian novel that hooked me from the get go. The fast pace kept me reading and needing more, learning how the OCSD and Government were wielding power, and how acts happened between the two organizations.

Two strangers; Tommy and Careen, find each other in a happenstance manner picking up their antidotes for a chemical threat. We follow along as these two fight to find out what is going on, and how they help themselves despite all the boundaries and barriers set in place by
Book Club Gone Wrong
Author Tracy Lawson nailed it with this story. This story is well told, well written and above all draws you in. The characters reactions to the events around them are real and believable. When I read I want to feel what they feel. Author Tracy Lawson had me feeling all kinds of emotions with Counteract. It is refreshingly frighting at times from just how real it could be. I found myself thinking about the real world, in comparison to this story.

I know this is a 50/50 with most readers and auth
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