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The Dark Intercept

(The Dark Intercept #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Tor Teen
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Kirsty Hanson just this one is out at the moment but there is a second book coming out

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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This book had so much potential but unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations. I wouldn't say my expectations were unrealistic but I was hopeful and looking forward to this read.

The story was slow which can be typical in the beginning when a world requires explanation. World building takes time. However, this novel was not successful in the world building aspect and the story felt slow throughout. The world (or worlds) featured in this novel were left quite vague. There were minimal
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
I went into this book with really high expectations because I love dystopian novels! However, I was disappointed that this book fell flat for me. The book started off very promising, but unfortunately, it did not develop in the way I was hoping.

The idea of the world really intrigued me, but I felt like there wasn't much world building. I was left a little confused as to how certain things in the world were created and what the purpose was. I was hoping for more information throughout the story.
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received this free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Violet is the sixteen year-old daughter of the founding father New Earth and she has lived a life of prosperity, peace, safety, and comfort. Life is easy thanks in part to the Intercept, a crime prevention device that monitors your thoughts and emotions and can potentially use them against you in order to keep the peace for all on New Earth. When Danny, her long time crush gets into a dangerous situation down on Old Earth,
Mel (Epic Reading)
Two worlds, within one world. One for those of privilege, both intellectual and financial; the other the remnants of our broken planet left behind. The Dark Intercept starts out with an interesting concept that there is a world within the atmosphere of the Earth that is entirely enclosed and perfectly balanced out with human existence. The problem? Not everyone can fit... and so some are left behind on 'old Earth' who despise those whom got upgraded, those whom destroyed it all and wouldn't even ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, dystopia, sci-fi
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

The set-up for the story is awesome. Unfortunately, the main character, Violet, is completely pre-occupied by her lust for a cop who acts suspiciously throughout most of this story. The first scene in this story is Violet saving the cop, Danny, from being killed on old earth. I honestly expected the bad guy he was chasing to end up being the love interest. I guess I read too many books where that happens.

Danny is not the bad guy per
Alexandra WhimsyPages
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-series
There were a few books this year that I picked up because of their amazing-sounding Blurb. New Earth and Old Earth, Sci-fi and Dystopian, this new perfect life where noone can ever harm you, where there are no crimes, no illnesses, no hunger. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

There wasn’t a single character that I liked or deserved any sort of sympathy from me. Violet seemed unbelievably shallow, her father only had one trait – “make the world a better place no matter what”,
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017, arc
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review from Netgalley. Thanks Netgalley!

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The story was compelling, I liked the characters, the world, all of it.

And then...

it all fell apart and was a complete mess.

The second half was so rushed and confusing and there was no development of relationships with characters or anything. Yikes.

I rate the first half 3 stars and the second half 2 stars.

Full review here:
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
"The Dark Intercept" was an ok science fiction novel that I feel could have been much better had it been shorter. There were too many info dumps that, instead of clarifying things, made it all seem muddled. Hopefully the second in the series will keep the technology explanations more succinct. I'm willing to give the sequel a try.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Update 11/6/2017:

So apparently Danny is only 20, which I suppose is better than 22 but still?? He is an adult. She is a minor. Still not okay lmao I can't wait to die

Original Review:

I have so many thoughts about this book and not very many of them are good. There are spoilers ahead but I'll tag them.

First off, I think the concept for The Dark Intercept was perfect and terrifying. It reminded me of a cross between the Giver and 1984, and the first few chapters were sufficiently riveting for me
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, arc, 2017-reads
***3.5 stars***

Full review can also be viewed on Lair Of Books:

My Review:

The dark Intercept caught my attention with its interesting concept & cool cover depicting a sleek new planet suspended above another that is gray & ominous. In a world filled with violence, crime, sickness, and hopelessness; science & technology have provided a way out. Not everyone however has been granted access into New Earth, that right has been reserved only for the
Stephanie Ward
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
'The Dark Intercept' is a bold and imaginative first book in an exciting YA science fiction series that fans are definitely going to love. The plot of the story was very in depth and original, which is hard to come by anymore. I really liked learning about this future the author created and about both the New Earth and the Old Earth. And then there's the whole Intercept topic, which is a huge part of the story. I loved learning about the Intercept - how it came to be, what it does, what it's ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good dystopian novel, and this had so much potential, however I found it a little lacking.

The Intercept controls all emotions, and in doing so, prevents crime. How can you commit a crime when you're forced to relive your worst memories over and over? Violet is the daughter of The Intercept's founder, living a life of relative comfort and safety. Danny is a friend, hiding a secret that The Intercept wants to keep hidden.
Clare O'Beara
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Intercept is a computer program that monitors and potentially controls people's emotions. The control is done by showing the person one of their memories which evoked a strong emotion, perhaps disabling a criminal on the run. I would think that the person would become somewhat immune to this kind of mind-jacking, especially if they know which memories are likely to be used. Each person has a chip implanted in them and they are not allowed to remove it.

The New Earth is floating above the old
Syd (deertales)
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, 2017-reads
a little more than half way through, and i have tried to make myself care way too hard. unfortunately, this one is a little all over the place...

full rtc
Kirsty Hanson
I do love a good dystopian novel. They keep coming and going 'out of fashion', and they are definitely a hit or miss when it comes to the plot because of how formulaic they are, but I do love reading them and reading about how bad some authors think our world is going to turn out to be. How cheerful...

The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Violet Crowley is the sixteen year old daughter of the President of New Earth. Many years ago her father founded New Earth as Old Earth was being destroyed by the people and the crime rate was just getting worse and worse.

After creating New Earth Violet’s father came by the knowledge that someone had invented what they called the Intercept. The Intercept was a program that allowed the government to take everyone’s emotions and use them to control crime and to control the people if they needed
Whenever I'm lucky enough to snag ARCs, I always try to post something about them somewhere on the internet, so I guess... here goes.

The thing about this book is that it was a great concept. The idea was solid. Far future science has figured out how to turn emotions into a weapon that stops all crime but also controls people. It's like...weaponized Big Brother. I am not sure I can call the idea original, but it's a least marginally interesting. But it turned out to be the kind of dystopia I
Dream Team Reads
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars.

A gripping read; The Dark Intercept is a light science fiction novel, with elements of mystery, romance, and action. A great book if you want to devour a book in one sitting, or if you need a quick pallet cleanser between heavier reads.

Book Breakdown:
Ever wonder what the future holds? What happens when the population overwhelms the planet and people’s greed takes over? Julia Keller imagines an interesting solution, but of course no paradise is without its flaws. The
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads Synopsis:
The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret
Camilla (ReaderintheAttic)
Earth is divided in two parts: Old and New Earth. In the last one live Violet Crowley, the main protagonist of the novel. Her whole world move around the Intercept, an incredible machine that it’s able to convey image and emotions into people’s minds with the objective to stop crimes. And this book was a huge NO.

At the start, I must admit that I was really intrigued. But then… I don’t know. Something happened to the story, to the characters that were good only at the start but couldn’t remain so
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the kind of book I like to read curled up with a cup of coffee in my hand ready for some excitement in my brain while in the comfort of my home. Being of one of my all time favorite genres dystopian I really and truly loved this novel!

The concepts of how humans destroy and rebuild themselves in different situations and always find a way to have hope is what I love about dystopians. Humans are emotional and hugely flawed and it’s so cool to think about how someone would act in any
Michele(mluker) Luker
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian Books are my all time favorite reads, so I just knew I would fall for this story from the first page to the very last.

Old earth is in shambles because of all the wars and destruction. Something has to be done. So Violet's father created a New Earth, where everything is clean, everyone is healthy and living in a utopia. However, Crowley needed something to help keep the peace and tranquility. Rumors started about an invention that will collect all emotions...and this invention could
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

When the state controls your emotions, how hard will you fight to feel free?
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a
I'd give this one a 3.5 because it raises several questions about how far the government should be allowed to intrude into the emotional lives of its citizens even when it has the good of the whole group in mind. But some of the events near the conclusion marred my enjoyment of this book set far in the future. At its heart, it's a dystopian novel about the great divide between the haves and the have-nots. Sixteen-year-old Violet Crowley, the daughter of the President of New Earth, is one of the ...more
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Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gave it a 3 1/2 stars

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

After reading the synopsis, I was intrigued at the concept of this story. Imagine a crime-prevention device collecting and controlling emotions. Hmmm... It somewhat reminded me of movie, Minority Report. The device serves to prevent crime...right?!? Hmmm... There seems to be secrets behind trying to control people/society.

Anyways, the plot twists were interesting enough. The characters were somewhat well written; however, the
Jan 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
When I start reading a dystopian book that relies on some technology to keep it the way it is, the biggest question I ask is why. Why would someone make this tech, why would it be seen as helpful? There was no real answer here. There's not only no fake science behind it, there's no logical motivation that would lead to recording all emotions and thinking that would make a real difference.

There were multiple weaknesses in this book beyond that, though. One of them is how the book is written in
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book seemed promising - it features a world where your emotions are "owned" by a government-approved program, where this sort of government control allows its denizens lives of comfort and safety. So basically, it's a world where Big Brother is actually keeping track of your movements/emotions/intents and has the ability to interfere, rendering you useless with your most intense memory/emotions if you ever show any intent/motive to commit a crime, so the police can scoop you up and toss ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
The Dark Intercept confused me a bit. It seemed like some sentences were more traditionally composed and others included casual phrases like "totally focused" or "get a clue, girl." The more casual parts seemed to come out of nowhere for me.

Oddly, once you've started getting used to the writing style, it's not so disorienting. But still, it can be disarming at first.

Either way, the story immediately interested me. A New Earth, an Old Earth, and a system that catalogs everyone's emotions
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
*I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I thought the idea behind this book was interesting. A machine that can monitor and provoke emotions in someone's head and use it to incapacitate people who may be committing a crime?!? I loved the idea of that because it isn't something that I think has been used before in dystopian or sci-fi books before. It is an interesting thing to think about because I don't think that people may realize how much power
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley*

Violet Crowley lives on New Earth which was founded by her father.
Everyone on New Earth, as well as those unlucky enough to be living on the ravaged Old Earth, have an Intercept chip implanted at their elbows. The Intercept uses emotional memories to prevent crime, something not everyone agrees with.
Violet knows that Danny Mayhew, her friend and the boy she loves, has a secret. He keeps
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Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University, then later earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton and Ohio State Universities, and the University of Notre Dame. She is a guest essayist on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and has been a

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