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Brynn Aberdie has everything but freedom … but everything has a way of changing.
When Brynn loses her family, her security, and her handouts, she is left with one last option, and it guarantees one of two things: freedom or death.
Brynn vows to find that freedom, and soon learns a lesson many in One United have already learned – by failing to protect their rights, Citizens have forfeited their lives with little hope to ever recover them.
All of you know that I am fond of dystopian/post-apocalyptic. I would even go as far as saying at this point in my life they are my favorite genre. This is a great dystopian book that I am glad I got the chance to read.
Brynn Aberdie lives in what is called the One United. This takes place in the future where all of North American has joined together into one nation, people are microchipped with their every move tracked by the government, supposedly for their own safety, and their lives are mostly controlled by the government. They live underground in energy-saving homes. Their lives are in essence, mapped out for them. They have no control. Their every word is listened to and their freedom contingent on their willingness to be sheep.
After the death of her father in what the One United calls a terrorist attack, Bree’s life is changed forever. Along with a boy named T, Bree throws off the conventional chains and takes off in search of freedom.
This book is action-packed. I literally could not put it down. Bree was a very likable character and T is just what you would expect in a boy that turns her life upside down. Bree goes through so much on her quest for freedom. There are so many twists and turns that you just do not expect. Plus, the little bit of romance makes it sweet. This is one book that you do not want to miss.
Quotes from the book:
“Equality in the classroom means equality in life.”
“We were modified, Brynn.”
“Two of us – and you think we can change the world?
“I worry about you, about anything happening to you, because I truly love you, every bit of you.
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inDIVISIBLE by Ryan Hunter
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Ryan Hunter, author of InDIVISIBLE, will grace us with a guest blog and an introduction to her and her books today! Everyone make her feel welcome please. Giveaway details at the bottom. Please read post first!
BOOK SYNOPSIS AND COVER:
Brynn Aberdie had everything: a loving family, security and an electronic implant that monitored every move.
Brynn had everything but freedom.
When her father’s life is taken Brynn vows to find that freedom, but it’s a task that puts her life at stake. She’s tagged as a terrorist and put on an Alliance kill list, forcing her to leave her home and become the rebel they already believe her to be.
Brynn learns a lesson many in One United have already learned – by failing to protect their rights, Citizens have forfeited their lives with little hope to ever recover their own identities.
Labor Day is generally not the most memorable holiday of the year, but when you’re giving birth and the only programs on television are of other women giving birth, it tends to stick out … a little. I had my daughter on Labor Day thirteen years ago, and why every station thought showing movies about childbirth were a good idea, I’ll never know. Luckily, we found one that rebelled with a Lethal Weapon 4 marathon. I had the movie memorized for years.
Now my daughter is the most witty and outgoing girl I’ve ever met and I wonder, does watching Lethal Weapon 4 seven times the day you’re born affect your personality?
She’s gorgeous really, and the most friendly teenager I know. She’s also adventurous … so it shouldn’t have surprised me when I asked if she wanted to hike the Subway that she’d jump at the opportunity. The Subway is a hike in the backcountry of Zion National Park, an eight hour hike that includes rappels, swims through narrow canyons, and the potential for fatal flash floods. We hiked it the day of the flash flood warning.
We’d hiked it before so we weren’t worried but as we dropped down into the narrow slot canyon an hour into the hike, the clouds rolled in. Just past a swim through a narrow, dark canyon, the rain started.
We stood in the bottom of a canyon perhaps twenty feet wide with cliff walls on either side that reached up until the sky was a thin gray line of billowing clouds.
It couldn’t be the best setting for a rainstorm, we thought, so we skipped lunch and headed downstream. The natural log bridge over the waterfall had washed away since our last time hiking the Subway, so in the torrential rain, we jumped over the top of the water fall, stumbling across sandstone while gazing over a twenty foot cliff.
I trembled. My daughter trembled as did the rest on our group.
The rain grew so thick we couldn’t see the canyon walls and we formed a human chain to ease each other down into the bottom of the next drop so we could escape the slot canyon before the flooding began.
In the bottom of the canyon, with the waterfall roaring behind us, we swam again through sinkholes that are mysteriously beautiful when the sunlight hits them.
That’s when the hail started – piercing chunks of ice sent the entire group scurrying for cover, the little slit of cover beneath a narrow overhang.
We shivered and laughed – slipped on the mossy rocks – finally just sat on our butts and slid down areas we couldn’t navigate anymore.
Water began spilling over the edges of the canyon walls, forming waterfalls that hadn’t been there moments before. Still we forged ahead until the walls gave way and we stood in a wide, meandering riverbed.
And the sun came out, brilliant and warm and soothing.
As we lay in the sunlight, warming on the rocks as our clothes dried, we talked. As many hikes as we’d been on and out of all the times we’d gone done the Subway, nothing could compare to that hike.
The trials that had made it threatening had also made it one of our greatest memories.
Ryan Hunter has been writing most of her life as a novelist, journalist and freelancer – enjoying every bit of the writing scene except for the brief stint as ‘product description’ writer … Her earliest novel appeared on construction paper, bound with staples and followed two kittens on a journey of self realization. She was eight.
Ryan enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling and spending time with her family. She’s the mother of five children and currently lives in southern Utah.