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Veracity

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  731 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one-half of the country's population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, the Confederation of the Willing, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and a device called the ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Pocket (first published December 14th 2009)
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Brian
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Veracity is a book that should've narrowed its scope. I need to say that first, but before I say anything negative, let me tell you about all the positives.

First, the setting is fantastic. It's another dystopian future (this time the former United States) after a Pandemic that left the Confederation and President in charge. The main means of control comes from the chips implanted in everyone that will electrocute and immediately inform the authorities (Blue Coats) if the person speaks a Red List
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David
Mar 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Laura Bynum's Veracity was disappointing - I picked it up because of Elizabeth Moon's nice blurb, but it did not justify the expectations. The book reads like a cross between a realistic science fiction story and an allegory - imagine Michael Crichton writing A Handmaid's Tale or 1984, and you're in the right ballpark.

Sadly, Bynum is too reliant on taking the paths others have tread before her in this regard - the totalitarianism depicted is too precise: Orwell and Atwood leave the actual mecha
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Jill
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I received Veracity as part of Pocket Books Blog Tours. At first I was a bit unsure about the book because I generally shy away from science fiction, but I really enjoyed this novel. It grabbed me right from the beginning and kept me wanting to read more up until the end. It may have appealed to me more because Harper, the main character, was a woman. I think some of the science fiction I have read in the past has had male main characters and I’ve had a more difficult time getting into them. The ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Let me start by saying I loved this book! I read it very quickly and put all other books aside while I was reading this one. (And if you read my blog you will see that I tend to read more than one book at a time. . .) The story was told by Harper and it went back and forth from the 2020's to the present - 2045. The world as we know it is gone. It was wiped out by a Pandemic when Harper was six and she was taken from her parents and placed with a new set. She was told that her parents did not sur ...more
Mallory
I gave this 3 stars though for the most part it felt like 2-2.5. There's a load of timely content in here, but it felt full of incomplete ideas, like it was trying to do too much, and left me with more questions than answers.

Harper Adams is a high-ranking government Monitor in what used to be the United States of America. When we meet her, she's on the run, seeking a resistance movement that's recruited her, driven by loss and disillusionment. Told in a first-person account through flashbacks,
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Sarah Sammis
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Veracity takes place in the near future in a dystopian society that becomes frightenly familiar as the novel progresses. Science fiction is built on a solid foundation of social commentary and the dystopian subgenre holds true to that tradition. By taking the worst pieces of modern society to extremes a novel can provoke discussion on those very flaws. It's not so much about how plausible is the imagined future as how much of ourselves can we see reflected in this society?

The first person heroin
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Wendy Hines
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Veracity is set in the future, after the Pandemic has wiped out three fourths of mankind. It's kind of scary thinking the bird flu and many others has killed so many. Democracy as we know it is gone. Instead, a new form of government is in place, one that has metal slates in-bedded in everyone's neck. The slate tells the government where you are and what you say. If you say one of the red listed words, you are punished swiftly. Either by current through your neck, or more often than not, death. ...more
Amanda Makepeace
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Veracity is a chilling, superbly written novel set in a near future America that's lost its freedom of speech. Thousands of words have been red listed--speaking them could sentence you to things far worse than death.

Why chilling? There are a few references in the book to terrorism and civil rights that echo circumstances in the United States right now. Laura Bynum took these realities of life since 9/11 and let them run loose. It's the tug in the back of the mind, the whisper that asks, could th
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Rose
Mar 06, 2018 marked it as abandoned
I feel like this would have been a stronger dystopian novel if it weren't for the special powers - telepathy, seeing auras, etc. That takes it a bit too far out of the realm of believability that is so crucial for a successful dystopia. Maybe the plot wouldn't have worked without it, I didn't read far enough to know for sure.
Benjamin Thomas
I've unintentionally encountered quite a few post-apocalyptic fiction experiences this year. Perhaps it's due to all the buzz surrounding the 2012/Mayan calander thing but certainly not all of it. I've read "1984", "A Canticle for Liebowitz", "I am Legend" and "Farenheit 451" this year as well as watching the complete "Jeremiah" TV series. I've always been drawn to such work and perhaps it isn't all that suprising that "Veracity", by Laura Bynum also caught my eye.

The book has an intriguing pre
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Bookspread
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Veracity picks up right after the Pandemic, and follows the life of Harper Adams, who was six years old at the time and was a pretty special kid – she could see auras. This gift is greatly coveted in her world, and as soon as she finishes high school she is recruited to become a Sentient Monitor, a special surveyor of all the atrocities that the Blue Coats, the police enforcement body, commit in the name of order. Harper Adams is Special with a big capital S from the beginning, and she knows it, ...more
Taracuda
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Amanda
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Very interesting and scarily realistic premise for a dystopian novel. You can certainly draw parallels to today's society, as we grow increasingly politically correct and, at times, allow the media to "scare" us into believing something. The back of the book contained "Topics of Interest", one of which was security vs. freedom, which is more important, and how would the loss of either one affect us. I think that's the core issue of "Veracity" and something we struggle with today.

My main issue wi
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Debbie
Oct 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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So far I've been a big fan of most of the dystopian books I have read but for me this one was just ok. I can't really put my finger on why. It wasn't bad but it just never picked up. The characters were a little bland to me. We hardly get to see John Gage and Harper together which was a disappointment for me. Probably the most memorable characters were one of the "villains" and Harper's trainer. Other than that what did grab me was when we find out the origin of the pandemic. I have to admit tha ...more
Stacy
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
Hmmm... if it weren't for the writing style this book could have been way better. The premise is very interesting, especially from someone who loves to read. It's a post-apocolyptic book where "Big Brother" dictates what can be said and how to live. The characters are pretty likeable. The writing style is confusing though. The author jumps around a timeline that spans from 2012 to 2045. If she even just jumped to different years I could handle it but one chapter would take place in May 2045 and ...more
Kristina
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow, What a book! Have you heard the term "big brother is watching you?" If you have and you've thought about it then this is a book too read. Conspiracy theory anyone; have you ever thought of that?
Well then check out "Veracity", it's a scary book to read and makes you grateful to live in a world where we can make our own choices! have you ever wondered what it would be like to have everything you ever do or say monitored? To be punished for saying a WORD that others think is wrong?
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Evelyn
In 2045 in a world where uttering a "red-listed" word could result in your death, Harper Adams is a monitor for the government. When her daughter Veracity's name becomes red-listed, Harper chooses to work with an underground resistance to fight for freedom.

A blend of Orwell's 1984 and The Handmaid's Tale. One of the best books I've read in a long time. This one will stay with you. Highly recommend.
Teri
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Veracity is a glimpse of what our society could become. Words have power, so the censors rule. Control of the masses is achieved through technology and enforced, as usual, by people who seem to love their jobs. There is much more going on but, in short, when life gets too harsh, the rebel element rises up. They fight and die for the freedom to live the power and magic of words.
Valerie Zink
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Great premise but a bit cliche in some areas while interesting in others. A dystopia novel where control is over words. Certain words and thoughts are banned. I liked the book more at the beginning when I got background on Harper.

The middle dragged and the ending then got rushed. However, the last page was great. It is worth reading.
Liesel
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
It was certainly entertaining but over half the book was spent on the character getting to the "Resistance" and not much spent on developing the rest of the plot. Very, what-you-read is what-you-get; don't expect a complex plot or one as riveting as you would find in Handmaid's Tale.
Meradeth Houston
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, this was a random pick for me to nab, as I don't generally read a whole lot of adult dystopian. Maybe that's because it can often depress me, or just make me angry (at the world in the book, not in general!). But, something about this made me curious--mainly the fact that the world is basically erasing words from the inhabitants. Shrinking their vocabulary down to the sparsest necessities. This drives home the fascinating fact that words are powerful, and that knowing a word with its accompa ...more
Karissa
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I got this book on loan from my mom a number of years ago. She had received it through Amazon VIne and knew I as in a dystopian reading phase at the time. I read the first 80 pages of this book and finally stopped reading because those 80 pages were a struggle for me.

This is compared to “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Atwood; there are some similarities but “A Handmaid’s Tale” was way better. Our main heroine Harper lives in a world where a totalitarian government has taken over after an act of viral ter
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Sam Cristol
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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Tracy108
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
I really liked Veracity, and it definitely kept me reading. I liked the characters, the story, and the reminder of the power of words to shape our thinking and actions. Good stuff. There were moments when I was disappointed by the decisions the leaders of the resistance were making - dumb mistakes that made me roll my eyes. They'd been characterized to be smarter than that...but I still really liked the book and would recommend it.
Emily Park
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in 2045, the not-too-distant future, the story here revolves around a small resistance group attempting to overthrow the totalitarian government that now controls America. After a disease wipes out half of the country's population in 2012, the federal government gradually expands its power over the people to the point where America is no longer recognizable. Every citizen is implanted with a transmitting device, called a slate. The slate transmits every word ever spoken by that citizen to a ...more
Laura
Jan 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Veracity is a poorly-written, bland, hackneyed and unconvincing dystopia. Set in a run-of-the-mill dystopian future America, it follows a woman with psychic powers who joins an underground resistance movement. This book is overstuffed with plot devices, including a deadly global pandemic AND an oppressive government AND compulsory sci-fi implants that monitor every spoken word AND prevalent psychic powers. All these ideas are incredibly clichéd at the best of times, but forcing them together int ...more
Alana Kelly
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have said before that I really like dystopian fiction. There is just something so much more moving about a story that involves surviving rather then just living. Most dystopian books I’ve read have either high amounts of technology or none at all (though this isn’t always the case obviously). While books like the inferior are appealing in their own way, there is something kind of creepy with technology driven dystopias. Maybe it’s just because I can actually envision the futures of the charact ...more
Kristi
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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TinaB
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Veracity begins in the near future, a pandemic- one created by the government of its time with the help of the national media, spread hysteria throughout the country, bringing all its citizens under total dictatorship with the use of fear and warfare.

After thousands are euthanized a new way of life is easily swallowed by the unknowing citizens, who willingly give up their freedoms for security. Quickly they lose all aspects of democracy and all basic freedom to live life....in other words for f
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Michelle
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, dystopian
At the age of six, Harper Adams lost her parents, her home - her entire world in a mass pandemic caused by an act of terrorism. In the aftermath of confusion and panic, a new government called the Confederation of the Willing took control of the country. No longer willing to allow people to self-govern, the state demands each person receive an implant called the Slate which records every word and action a person makes. If a person even dares to speak a banned or Red-Listed word, the Slate will d ...more
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“In a world where critical thinking skills are almost wholly absent, repetition effectively leapfrogs the cognitive portion of the brain. It helps something get processed as truth. We used to call it unsubstantiated buy-in. Belief without evidence. It only works in a society where thinking for one's self is discouraged. That's how we lost our country.” 13 likes
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