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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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What the book really needed was some dastardly characters. The government did not seem enough of an antagonistic character for the novel and the protagonist was not complex enough. She was self centered and I couldn't really relate with her as much as I wanted to. She didn't face any major ordeals that I would expect out of a novel of this genre and of the trials that she faced, she didn't develop any depth of character from them.
The sad thing is, this novel had a whole lot of potential. I really expected a lot of action or drama or something that made it pop. The story had potential to deliver tears or laughter or hatred but I did not get any of those feelings. The writing was so good I felt down that nothing really happened. I'm not sure I will purchase the second book in the series. Especially considering the excerpt that I've read from it. It seems more of the same.
Note to author: I enjoyed reading this. However, it is okay to kill a character or two.
Here the young main character, Kelsey Reed, doesn't want to give up her kidney. It is the law that you must, in this dystopia, if someone needs your kidney, heck, you have two! you give it up. Otherwise, you are breaking the law and must go to prison and eventually give up all your donatable parts.
We follow this young woman as she learns more about herself and tries to escape her fate.
It is a quick moving story with deep morals to look at. I was so into it that as soon as I got paid I bought the next two books! I can't wait to continue the series!
It takes a side swipe to socialism - where it's not your income or labor that becomes property of the community - but your body ((Shudder)) - all in the pursuit of health and safety for the whole. Yikes.
I applaud the author in how convincingly she builds each character's motivations and the "morality of the culture" (from its origination to present application) throughout the book. She skillfully gives it to you just as needed. I didn't feel like I had to sit through a "history lesson" to get up speed.
I liked the plot twists that had you guessing which side the relevant characters were truly on.
I would have loved to be able to give this book five stars, as I simply can't rave enough about how well the author built her world.
There were only a couple of things I feel kept it from earning that fifth star. As other reviewers mentioned, the story gets a bit bogged down in some unnecessary minutia slowing the pace quite a bit at times. Also, there was maybe just one or two too many "oh my God it's all over now" situations that got resolved a bit too readily. It seemed like Murphy's law, followed by an "angel of luck" showed up just a few too many times in the last quarter of the book.
I still recommend it highly! It's a good read that will make you think hard about how easily socialistic ideas can slip into society under the guise of protection for the public, but ultimately and inevitably rob that same public of their basic individual human rights.
Four stars - and I will definitely consider reading the sequel.
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Not enough excitement to make me consider reading the next book I'm the series though