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The Revisionary

(The Rogues #1)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  21 reviews
A Revisionary rewrites the rules. A Rogue breaks them. Which one is she?

Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy accepts her Revisionary draft to the Crystal Globe with one goal: earn a Dome seat so she can amend the satellite rules and rescue her brother. Her plan derails when Head Gage Eliab brands her as a suspect in a campus Rogue attack, and in a quest to clear her name, sh
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Published June 6th 2017 by Write Integrity Press
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Steven R. McEvoy
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must first start by stating that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A few months ago, I read the prequel novella A Cord of Three Strands and appreciated it. At the time I added this one to my wish list a sort of forgot about it. I really wish I had read them closer together. As I was reading this book it felt really familiar, I am sure some readers will compare it to The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, and as much as I did enjoy that book, there is something different about this one, that draws me ...more
Randy Tramp
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Year - 2149

The Setting – A world where leaders control citizens with flashback to America’s Revolutionary era.
Portia Abernathy, 19-years-old, seeks to uncover the truth from the past, to bring forth freedom.
I’m not a fan of dystopian stories. (Too dark for me) This is not like that. It’s a great read that enlightens the reader. There is hope, much like the spirit that dominated America at her birth.

Read this, you’ll be challenged and questions will form. Could this happen? Is this the direct
Emily Golus
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of dystopia novels such as the Divergent series will be drawn into the dismal but fascinating setting of Hogrefe’s A.S.U.--the ragged remains of the United States that runs on socialist ideals but features wildly unequal opportunities for citizens.

When rule-abiding Portia Abernathy discovers the sinister undercurrents that control her world, she launches herself into a dangerous quest for freedom of thought. What sets The Revisionary apart from many other dystopian novels is how that search
Dena Hobbs
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Revisionary is an engaging, twisty, and inspirational read. My son and I both love YA dystopian literature, so we read this book for our June Book Club read. He loved the suspense and the action, and I loved that it was a cleaner read with inspiration to pursue truth with bravery tucked in. It reminded me of Divergent, but cleaner and with a focus on early American history. In fact, we both learned more about the lives of our founding fathers which was a nice bonus. We are looking forward to ...more
Jun 09, 2017 added it
This is a quick, engaging read with a great pace. I like that the dystonian future delves so deeply into our current past, an aspect of the story that I really hadn't been expecting. Recommended especially for teens.
Cassia Schaar
Anyone that loves Divergent should read this book. It's got the strong-willed and independent-thinking protagonist, subtle romance, a corrupt society, and an ending that promises a new journey. I personally adored many of the side-characters (view spoiler) who's complex arcs have tons of room for development in future books.
The Simulatio
Glenn Haggerty
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a dystopian future, the shattered remains of the United States have been reconstituted into the American Socialists United—ASU where civility, equality and fidelity rule with an iron fist. When Portia’s brother, Darius is banished to a slave colony for supposed disloyalty to the cause, she decides to change the system from within. Although diminutive and hampered with a handicap, she ascends to the head of her class with her sharp intellect and determination. Years of hard work pay off as she ...more
Becky Van Daniker
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what was in store when I picked up a copy of The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe. Fans of dystopian literature such as The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this! Portia has been sheltered most of her life but she is a strong and independent woman. She makes her own decisions and she doesn't need anyone to fight her battles for her. She also isn't afraid to ask for help from trusted loved ones when she needs it.

I thought it was unique with the Simulator, bringing history to life
Margaret Kazmierczak
My Penny's Worth
The bravery of Portia Abernathy, the main character, had me glued to my seat. Could a nineteen-year-old with her curious mind and longing to change the world succeed? At first, I thought the book was similar to The Hunger Games with the haves and have-nots. But that's where the similarity ended.

Teenage bravery
Portia has idealistic views, wanting to believe that she can make a difference. The truth becomes deadly evident when she speaks her mind and ends up receiving correctives.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great young adult dystopian novel. Natural disasters had devastated the U. S. population beginning in 2089. Cities were decimated. The western half of the U.S. was destroyed as fires raged. And then an EMP ravaged what was left of the nation.

The year is 2149. A new nation has risen from the ashes. The authoritarian government recruits teens for special training. Portia is an intelligent young woman taken to the center of government to study to become a leader. But the environment ther
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why would you want to read a story about a nightmare world that has lost important things like personal freedom and electricity, whose leaders seek to keep many in darkness, and enslaved? Because it’s entertaining!
This dystopian world is real as we see it through nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy’s eyes. I feel her pain and fear, sense the ebb and flow of hope as she struggles through her difficult, sometimes chosen circumstances. She’s a brave young woman who sets out to rescue her older brot
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quote: "A difference of opinion should not be a crime." The Revisionary is a well-written dystopian that combines a proposed future for America with key historical events from its founding. The story demonstrates the author's knowledge and insight within a plot that kept this reader engaged. The characters as individuals spring to life in the mind's eye, and their relationships evoke the emotions. I can recommend this novel for teens and adults.

I received the publisher's review copy but was not
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a quick read and a good dystopian novel for young people. I look forward to her next book.
Here’s the thing with books that are sci-fi, futuristic, or even fantasy in feel and orientation: I have a hard time settling in. I’m basically plopped down into a different time/space/idea than what I already know and so I have to feel my way around in the dim glow a minute. An amazing author sets a compelling initial stage that gives you the basic understanding to get you started and then opens up more and more of the map. I mean let's face it, nothing about this book screams 'Fizzy needs to r ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things to love about this book! Kristen Hogrefe is a new-to-me author. I have now subscribed to her newsletter and am waiting anxiously for the third book in this series. . .

Portia’s perspective is the only one given in this narrative, which is perfect for the story. She is stronger than she thinks, despite the scoliosis that limits her activities. She manages to get into trouble her first night at the Dome, despite having done nothing wrong. Things just go downhill for her as
Jennifer  J.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kristen Hogrefe has done an extraordinary job of creating a memorably suspenseful, thought-provoking, and genuinely fascinating dystopian world in this first of The Rogues series. The Revisionary begins an amazing and decidedly darkening journey for the young idealist Revisionary candidates. Readers are encouraged to hold on tight as they, too, are propelled into a literary world that quickly becomes increasingly dangerous, treacherous, confusing, fascinating and spell-binding. This is a remarka ...more
Ashley Jones
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Revisionary is a dystopian novel with heart. Set in a time when the government uses ignorance to keep its populace under control, Portia is determined to learn the truth—for her brother and her country. Her fierce determination is a timely reminder that some things are worth fighting for, especially love, truth, and freedom.

I especially enjoyed the seamless way the author incorporated historical scenes from America's revolution along with cool sci-fi technology. The characters are complex a
Kaley Rhea
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Portia Abernathy is 100% cooler than me. But I like her anyway. :D

This story is gripping and full of conflict, unique and still fun. It connects this dystopian future with past U.S. in a really interesting way.

I want to go on record saying Gath is my favorite. He strikes me as a cat person. But like a *secret* cat person.

I'm really interested to see how Portia's journey continues into the next book and how American history will tie into the story. That ending left me like *NO SPOILERS*. O_o
Heather Iseminger
It has been quite a while since I couldn’t put a book down. For finally giving me one I could fully immersed myself in, I am incredibly grateful for Ms. Hogrefe’s Revisionary. The dystopian plot, coupled with strong characters, creates a narrative that fails to disappoint. As a high school English teacher, I have no problem recommending this to my students as a clean, well-written, action-packed read. Bravo, Ms. Hogrefe. Bravo.

I have already downloaded the next two books and can’t wait to get st
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book is stunning. (And I’m super glad the entire series is out, because holy cow, if I had to wait to find out what happens next...the struggle would be real!)

I’ve read my fair share of dystopian fiction, Christian and secular alike, and this is hands down my favorite to date. It’s unique, clever, inspiring, and challenging, and prompts me as a reader to revisit history not only to learn from, but engage with it.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who really knows me will guess I enjoyed this book based on how fast I finished it. Every spare moment was filled with seeing what happens to the characters next. Another clue that I like and recommend this book is the fact that I am looking forward to the second book of the series coming out.
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Kristen Hogrefe Parnell writes suspenseful fiction from a faith perspective. She's an award-winning author and life-long learner who enjoys starting her day with Jesus and coffee. She and her husband live in Florida, the perfect setting for their many outdoor adventures. You can find her blogging at where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to find faith in ...more

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