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Counteract: Book One of the Resistance Series (Volume 1) Paperback – August 25, 2015
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In Counteract (The Resistance Series Book 1) by Tracy Lawson, two teenagers have to face the fact that the government was lying to everyone. And it's not just the small ordinary lies we are used to from politicians. What Tommy and Careen learn is different. The government makes the public believe that there is a serious threat from terrorists who want to deploy poisonous gases into the atmosphere to kill the population. The good government, though, has already developed a solution: an antidote. You simply have to take three drops every day to be immune to the threat. Almost everyone takes their antidote, and the ones who don't turn into martyrs. Dead? Maybe. Strange things happen to Careen and Tommy after they take the antidote, and even stranger things happen when they accidentally were not able to take the three drops.What is the secret behind the antidote? What is the government up to?And can two teenagers alone make a difference?
Counteract by Tracy Lawson is a rather disturbing story, in the sense that you actually wouldn't put actions like that past the governments of the world. I found the plot very interesting, but also - as said before -disturbing. After all, the government already has quite a bit of influence on the people in a country, and not all governments use their power for good. This is a story that makes you think about the state of the world, and it makes you think about questioning decisions by the government. It encourages you to think for yourself and not be one of millions of mindless marionettes. If you like fiction with its roots in what could possibly happen, and if you like being entertained, then you should give the Resistance Series a shot.
--Reviewed By Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Although I don't usually read dystopian novels, there was something about this novel that made me read it. From the very first chapter I realized that this one is a keeper. With strong characterization and development, this work does not look like it's a debut novel. It feels like the work of a far more experienced and well-versed writer. The fast paced story and the way it is written makes it more than a Young Adult novel. It is a novel that the YA adult me loved and read twice in 3days. A wonderful novel. I cannot wait for the next one!--Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
This book was very interesting. It really caught my attention from the start and I found myself fascinated with each of the characters. I wanted to find out even more and so I actually read this book quite quickly. The characters seemed realistic. They were willing to believe what they were told at first, like most people, but they slowly came to see that strange things were happening and not everything was as it seemed. I would definitely be interested to read more about these characters and much more about the situations they find themselves in.So I'll be looking for the next book when it's out. I recommend Counteract by Tracy Lawson to anyone who loves a good action and adventure story. It's got a little something for everyone.
--Reviewed By Samantha Dewitt (Rivera) for Readers' Favorite
"Lawson mixes true-to-life fears with intimate character portrayals in this conspiracy thriller, her first work of YA fiction.
"Beyond Tommy's ongoing struggle with injury and Careen's deep-seated anger, the novel introduces a host of secondary characters with their own senses of purpose and drive, rendering a mad world human. As with many dystopian settings, parts of the conspiracy strain the limits of believability, but the concept here is deeper and more complex than one might expect at first glance. The author delivers intriguing details about this fractured world, from the nuances of how the government divided the country into quadrants to the fact that the antidote contains a large quantity of LSD--a clever reference to America's real-life experimentation with the drug in Project MKUltra. There's much here to discover.
"An exuberant start to a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Once upon a time, Tracy Lawson was a little girl with a big imagination who was obsessed with telling stories. Her interests in dance, theatre, and other forms of make-believe led to a twenty-year career in the performing arts, where "work" meant she got to do things like tap dance and choreograph musicals.
Counteract (2014) and Resist (2015) are the first two installments in the young adult dystopian Resistance Series. Ignite, the third book, is slated for release in summer 2016, with Revolt, the final book in the series, to follow in 2017.
Tracy, who is married with one college-aged daughter and three spoiled cats, splits her time between Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.
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The author has a clean, clear writing style that makes this an easy-to-read novel. And while she does an excellent job of wrapping up the first story, there's plenty of cliffhanger left to make you long for the story to continue.
Just how much power will the government have over us when 2034 arrives? Will we have any personal freedoms left at all? The scenario proposed by this novel could be exactly what we're facing. I just hope I'm as courageous as Careen when the time comes.
I'm ready for the sequel!
When I first started this book, I was really confused by the different view points. But, as I kept reading I loved how I would see the characters develop together and longitudinally rather than just alone.
Careen is a crack up, everything she does I can picture my sassy self doing and I loved reading about her, she isn't a one dimensional female hero but she also isn't just a pretty face. That is all I ever ask of a character and she gave it to me.
I think that this is a fun quick read and I feel very blessed that the author sent the book to me in return for an honest review. As an avid reader I look for books that make me think and make me want to learn more about the characters. Counteract did that for me, it is dystopian without going extremely deep into a "destroyed world" or a corrupt government. It leaves a lot of room for growth and I am more than ready to read more.
There are numerous shifts in the story as we travel from character to character. The main characters, I suppose, are teenager Careen and Tommy, who connect with each other when they determine that the "antidote" to the "terrorist attacks" (big finger quotes on that last one) that the government uses to addle the people is not the live-protecting serum they claim it is. Both of them learn, to their dismay, the lengths the government - and, most especially, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, is willing to go to keep its secret... well, a secret.
As I said, this is a very fast-paced book. The frequent jumps in POV were initially a little jarring and it kept me from connecting with the characters at first, but as the threads came together, it resulted in a satisfying conclusion.
On to the next book in the series!
The big conspiracy theory premise just does not work for me. It's not really Science Fiction, at least not in the vein of Norton, Bradbury, Asimov and other authors.
Not saying that it's not a good read, just not a series I want to invest more time in.
Try it out for yourself.
I was drawn by the title Resistance, but just not feeling it.
If you love Govt Conspiracy Theory books, you must read it!!!
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