A fun, fast-paced Sci-Fi novel packed with action and imagination. Geared towards teens and young adults but with a storyline and world-building that is sophisticated enough to draw in parents and other adults.
"Well written and my children are enjoying it so far. Good summer read. I encourage you to let your children read a book that will help them think critically and help them see what is happening right in front of our eyes."
"For those who prefer teen books that avoid swearing, killing and sex acts, and have something nice to say about guns and religion, this is your book. Better, it does so without being obviously gelded."
"While set far into the future and written with a lot of imagination, today's
realities seem to be moving at breakneck speeds and scenarios of the book
may be upon us much sooner. Hoover writes with skill and is easy to read."
"I couldn't put it down."
In a world where the United States no longer exists, three new nations arose from the ashes. The east coast is ruled by the Green Committee where every thought, inkling, and urge is monitored and controlled in an effort to force one to worship Mother Nature. The West Coast is ruled by the iron-fists of the Peace Committee social justice warriors, where every victim-class can obtain retribution. And stuck in-between, the Smith Committee, where people just want to be left alone to live their lives as they see fit.
Our hero, Simon, was born and raised in the Green Committee and is upon the cusp of his thirteenth birthday, the age when the frivolities of youth are no longer overlooked. He craves freedom and is about to be sent to a work camp for his divergent beliefs when The Smith Committee offers him asylum. Simon embarks upon roller-coaster of an adventure, where his understanding of the world is blown wide open. He must confront the terrifying, the unknown, and conquer his doubts.
By following the guidance he found in his Grandfather’s hidden journal, Simon will be transformed from Green Committee reject into Smith Committee hero -- if he survives.