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(The Alliance Chronicles #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Secrets come in all shapes and sizes, but this one fits in the palm of your hand.

Tru’s seventeenth birthday is approaching, and she has a decision to make. She can receive a vaccine that will end her creativity. Or, she can help Zared, a boy from her past, expose government secrets—the ones on a SIM card she’s holding. Both choices are risky. Both choices come with consequ
Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Published March 31st 2016 by Avanturine Press, LLC (first published March 25th 2016)
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Michael McLellan
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been trying to read as many books from my TR shelf as I can before taking a hiatus and going back to work on my own forthcoming novel. Some, like this one by S.F. Benson, have been buried in the pile for a long time.
Set in the near future, Regress follows seventeen-year-old protagonist Tru as she fights for her right to...well, remain herself, in a country where creativity has been banned.
The writing here is very good and the story is unique and well-assembled. While I was reading, I thou
Regress has a lot of potential as a book. The description definitely sucked me in and I was happy to have had a chance to get to know the story. With that being said, it was a bit of a let down for me as I read it.

The good: I LOVED the quotes before each chapter showing the new bible verses and the new government laws and mandates. The outline of the world and the scope was very thoroughly thought out and well done. A lot of scariness in what could happen to a combined religion/law sort of gove
Suze Lavender
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's 2025, Tru is almost seventeen years old and she's afraid of her inoculation. Every citizen has to get this vaccine, but it's for a disease that's no longer there. It has a nasty side effect, it kills creativity. Tru doesn't want to lose an important part of her personality. When she meets Zared, the boy she used to like, her chances to avoid inoculation have grown considerably. Zared helps Tru, but can she trust him?

Zared wants to expose their corrupt government and he needs something from
Shona Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom
The world building is great, set in the not too distant future Tru is living in a post-apocalyptic America. I'll be honest there was talk of a virus and cogents and creatives and genetics but I didn't understand all of it, either that's because it wasn't explained very well or its all just outside my knowledge base. But the basics are that creative thinkers are bad for the world and they need a vaccine on their 17th birthday.. which for Tru is fast approaching. Enter interesting boy who offers t ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

Regress is set in the not too distant future and in a dystopian Detroit. Ravaged by illness and war, the people are governed by an oppressive regime known as the New Order.

Part of New Order’s keystone policies is to vaccinate its citizens at the age of seventeen. It’s predicated on health and safety, but it has more sinister overtones, especially for ‘creatives’.

Symbolically, art and artists have always been the point of subversion and resistance in society. Dangerous w
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Regress has the promise of being a really good dystopian book, but I feel from early on the author goes wrong with lack of explanation. It can't be easy to write a really good book set in the future especially a book based on a post-Apocalyptic country, but if it isn't done right it an be even harder as a reader. Not really understanding what was going on threw me off for a lot of the book.

Tru is the main character, a teenage girl fast approaching her 17th birthday. This means she is facing her
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it

I chose to read this story based on the blurb alone and whilst I was not at all left disappointed, I did feel somewhat misled. There are details in the blurb which appear to be entirely missing in the story and others which are key to the story not in the blurb - it confuses me, this.

That said, the story is exceptionally well written, the author clearly has skills in putting language to good use without attempting to confuse the reader. There are a lot of acronyms which had me a little bewildere
Sue M. Van
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good read. Loved that it was based on my area of the country. Well developed storyline and characters. My favorite character by far is Tru. She is strong and strikes the reader as someone more than capable of exposing the evils of the government. Plus the little bit of romance along with a serious goal makes this book a must read.
Kim Light
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You like dystopian? Great read!!

I love dystopian books and I have to say this one does not disappoint!!! Well written- hard to put down. Besides the action, great love story brewing between Zared and Tru. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
Leslie M.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Tru is approaching her 17th birthday, a time when every citizen must receive an inoculation. The New Order claims it is to keep everyone safe. However, as the shot will end her creativity, Tru is dreading the day, as she cannot imagine living life that way. Zared, a boy from her past, might just be the one to help her avoid the vaccination, but does he have more of a connection to things than he is letting on? Can she really trust him with her life?

This is the first book in “The Alliance Chronic
Cel Torrez
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The synopsis was intriguing. Who wouldn't want to read about a world where creatives are forbidden. Although I did find that the story pace was way too fast, you didn't properly get introduced to the characters. Especially when she met Z her feelings and the situation at hand felt rushed. However I did like the new laws that were introduced before each chapter, it was nice to know what changed and how it changed. Just because this book didn't work out for me doesn't mean it won't work out for yo ...more
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
How would you like to live in a world where your government controls everything you do and curiosity only gets you killed? Who would you trust if those closest to you were keeping secrets from you? How would you feel if you couldn't even trust your own family? Would you lie if you thought it would keep someone you loved safe? Regress takes you into that very world. It is set in the near future of 2025, the U.S is run by a new kind of government following a new order where no one is safe-especia ...more
Flora Viggiano
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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C.C. Ravanera
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

Tru Shepard lived in a time where the future is bleak for “creatives” like her. After humanity had fallen due to an outbreak of a virus that killed a lot of people, a new government was born out of desperation.

Its aim is to help salvage what’s left of the human race and bent on controlling everyone in an attempt to avoid another catastrophe by forcing the future generation to be inoculated with a vaccine when they reach the age of 17. Seemed harmless enough...unless you’re a creative l
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Overall Assessment:
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t connect with it. I tried for about two weeks before I was finally able to slog through it. The only reason I finished it is because I won the second book in a giveaway on Goodreads.

I don’t think I will be moving onto the second book though. Not unless the Zombie Apocalypse happens and I need something to read in between killing zombies and canning peaches, anyway.

What I liked:
– At the beginning of each chapter there we
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

S.F. Benson
The Alliance Chronicles

In the not too distant future large portions of the world's population gets decimated by the Ebola virus. This leads to Street wars and revolution. The New Order steps in with stringent measures of control, categorizing citizens according to their abilities with creatives being disdained as being too unpredictable. The institute a mandatory vaccine which ostensibly eradicates the virus and other diseases. At age 17 young people are vaccinated and are e
Stephanie Lunsford
I got lost in this world and finished this book in 2 days!!! I could NOT put it down! I just had to know what happened next! Sorry kids go make yourself a sandwich! Mommy is busy! In this particular world, your genetics have to meet certain requirements or you weren't needed. Could you imagine living in a World where you are told Who to Marry? What job you will have? What time you will come inside? If you didn't follow the Rules it meant Death! This is the world of the characters we will meet: T ...more
Amber Harp
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is based on the near future of what could become of us. With Ebola killing millions, Tru has to decide who to trust. Taking the lose of loved ones she must decide which side she is on. This was a good book. There were some parts that I thought could have been better. What I mean by that is it didn't feel like the situation would have actually happened in real life. Like...asking the guard(s) to leave so she could talk to her boyfriend. No actual guard, no matter age, would actually giv ...more
Ashley Cestra
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Regress was a whirlwind read! Banning creativity, seriously?! I was enjoying the words on these pages. S.F. Benson sure took an overused genre and created something that held my attention! I really enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter mentioning different rules and beliefs of the officials in this post apocalyptic world! Benson is a great storyteller.. although, I would have liked to read more depth into the main character' love life, I was surprised to see how many times I had to ...more
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SF Benson is the author of the paranormal suspense series, The Spell Caster Diaries. Although she knows everything about Falls Creek, New York and the supernaturals living there, she resides with her husband and daughter in a suburb north of Atlanta. When she’s not writing about strong heroes and heroines conquering the odds, she spends her time either reading romance and fantasy novels or binge-w ...more

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