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- Print Length: 401 pages
- Publisher: Threshold Editions (November 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 20, 2012
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00902UC0W
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book follows the personal journey of Emmeline, who spends her whole life in a communal society, performing mindless tasks for the regime she lives under. Set in a dystopian future, it is pretty much told from the first-person perspective, which I found intriguing. Maybe that's what threw me off on it, as I was expecting a lot more exposition of the story than given. There is very little character development, and this is to be expected from a 1st person perspective. Everything in the story is from the eyes of Emmeline, who doesn't have much in the way of providing a grand 3rd person perspective on the whole outline of what's happening to her and her baby. They (the government) take her baby from her (for the greater good of society), and she goes through the process of maturation to a point where this matters to her. In retrospect, this is the most compelling part of the story. She enlists the aid of others, who are (mostly) all aloof to the happenings around them as she is.
I said that I felt like this was a short story somehow stretched out to be a novel. I think this is a fair critique of the book. I was immediately reminded of Urusla LeGuin's short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" when I finished the book.Read more ›
Spartan living quarters - energy cubes twice a day, and an occasional hard boiled egg - paired with a mate selected by the authorities - children taken at birth and reared in a collective, state-controlled area - produce a daily quota of energy on a treadmill or perform other boring tasks - anyone who breaks rules (which are vague and keep changing) or fails to meet quota is in deep trouble - no rewards for exceeding expectations, so don't try - to get ahead, know someone with influence, e.g., an Authority Figure (only shadowy figures in this book), or snitch on fellow citizens - people who have special needs or develop medical problems are "taken away."
At the frequent Social Update meetings (attendance mandatory), the "news" is about far away places and events that no one knows much about (e.g., wars are said to be going on with other states), but "announcements" pertain to new rules and expectations and have immediate application. Everyone is expected to indicate acceptance and express allegiance to the Republic, nothing more.
Emmeline (the teenage heroine) is a quick study, and she begins to understand (and hate) what is going on and develop a plan. Do the things that are monitored to avoid attracting attention - gain and assess information (from treasures her mother hid in a sleeping mat, other citizens she can trust, and her own observations) - make contact with her infant daughter in the children's village. Although flight or resistance seems quixotic at best, she will be pushed to it in time.Read more ›
Agenda 21 is perhaps Glenn Beck's first foray into explicitly fictional writing (though most likely Harriet was given most of the responsibility as plausible deniability) about a dystopian future based the Agenda 21/New World Order conspiracies revolving around the character Emmeline, a recent mother (and possibly adult orphan) who begins to doubt the Orwellian-esque world she lives in. In this world, food is allotted to her in cubes, an 'authority' exerts control of a citizen's life from where they live to who they marry, and children are taken away to be raised communally. They generate their own energy and as a hat tip to Ayn Rand are forced to live equally with almost no personal property. Written as part of a trilogy - the sequel came out this January - this first part serves primarily as an introduction of the major players and the world they live in that ends in the breakout cliffhanger for the fore mentioned sequel.
This is not thriller in any sense of the word.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Makes you want to know more and to wish for another book on this subject.Published 2 days ago by linda Pittman
A book all should read. Provides a vision of a future completely controlled by authorities.Published 3 days ago by DEW
Interesting story about what is being put in place by people wanting one world governmentPublished 14 days ago by gihepinto
Glenn does not write his books! But he does pay others that do write them..... patheticPublished 20 days ago by dale
I read the book before and lent it to a friend who lost it, I believe what the book is referring to in our world and want to draw attention to everybody that this book could be... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Wanda J. Engel
Not real thrilled ~ interesting thoughts as to the future of our world as people bury their heads in the sand as they are doing today.Published 22 days ago by L. Newcomb
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