Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for my review.
Book Title: Sovereignty
Author: Anjenique Hughes
Pages: 262 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian Sci-Fi
Content Rating: PG
Life as Leels Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
I have been on a dystopian kick lately and when I saw the cover of this book – I knew it would be right up my alley. Sadly to report, it wasn’t as great as I expected.
I’m struggling with what to rate this book because it wasn’t that I didn’t dislike it, but it did not live up to my expectations. At all.
It was incredibly slow and I just about gave up on the entire book until something big happened. It was then that emotions kicked in and I had to know how this trauma was going to be rectified.
The story line picked up a little bit from there which definitely bumped up the rating, but I still struggled with how the book was actually written.
Like I said earlier, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It isn’t a book I would let my 10 year old read – I would definitely recommend for the “older” young adult crowd. There is violence and there is rebellion (which I need no more of from my pre-teen!!)
If you are a fan of dystopian stories, and modern day “lingo”; this could very well be the book for you!
About the Author
With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.