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Veracity by Laura Bynum
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Dec 01, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: for-review, speculative, thriller

LJ review:

This chilling debut novel depicts a brutal world in which individuality is discouraged and speaking the wrong word can get you killed. Slates inserted into everyone's necks record each word spoken. Just two syllables of a Red-Listed word give the speaker a high-voltage shock, and further punishments, up to and including death, are brutally administered by Blue Coats with almost absolute authority. Harper Adams's ability as a Sentient Monitor, able to perceive people's thoughts and feelings, makes her a valuable asset for the oppressive government. Desperate to reclaim her daughter, Veracity, whose name was Red-Listed, Harper makes a daring break for freedom. In doing so, she discovers hope in her own strength and the love of a fellow resistance fighter. Verdict The first-person narrative starts out fast-paced and raw, depicting a country where independence is given up for security, but it becomes clunky in places as the plot slows toward the end. With echoes of both George Orwell's 1984 and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Veracity is a good match for readers who enjoy dystopian and speculative fiction.-Charli Osborne, Oxford P.L., MI

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