My Rating: 4 Stars!
Publisher: Tor Forge
Publish Date: October 31st, 2017
Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
The Dark Intercept is the first novel in a “riveting” (Emmy Laybourne) science fiction series for teens by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller that challenges the voluntary surrender of liberties for the perception of safety.
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 and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he’s hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she’s ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
Much like the device itself, The Dark Intercept might get under your skin.
Opening Lines: “Far away, but close enough. The people of Earth are divided.”
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 given situation. Or even how I would act.
Imagining Old Earth being this desolate, dirty, and destructive place where death is an every minute occurrence and people are at each other’s throats for any grain of food is an awful, but not too unimaginable reality. There are places on earth today where people are starving and doing anything they can for a few pennies here or there to get enough food to feed their families. It’s why I find books like this to be so good and so necessary because they show not only what could be but also what is in a very real way.
What I also loved about this book was the Intercept itself. A machine that takes every single emotion you have and the moment that caused it in order to be used against you in an intervention should you commit a crime. The second I learned about what the Intercept was I knew I had to read this book and I am so glad I did. It is truly a fun ride.
However, it wasn’t just the dystopian elements that I loved about the book, but the characters themselves. They were all flawed and had so many different emotions and motives for their actions. While I wish I got more of the rebels side of the story it was interesting to see the choice of Violet as the main character and how her choices affected the outcome of the story. Plus, I did enjoy the romance in the story. It kept me on my toes that’s for sure.
The Dark Intercept is a riveting dystopian novel that will make you fill with wonder. It’s a novel that has me dutifully awaiting its sequel.
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-Till next time!