run time 8 hours 35 minutes
Just a generation ago this place was called America. Now, after the worldwide implementation of UN-lead program called Agenda 21, it’s simply known as the ‘Republic’. There is no president. No congress. No Supreme Court. No freedom.
There are only the Authorities.
Citizens have two primary goals in the new Republic: to create clean energy and to create new human life.
Those who cannot do either are of no use to society.
This bleak and barren existence is all that 18-year-old Emmeline has ever known. She dutifully walks her energy board daily and accepts all male pairings assigned to her by the Authorities. Like most citizens, she keeps her head down and her eyes closed.
Until the day they came for her mother.
That’s the short version and the long version is scary as hell. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if we went entirely green, I think this book gives us a stark dire version of it. Energy is all that matters. If you can’t create energy…well, then you cost more than you’re worth. People produce the energy and the republic needs more people so if you can’t reproduce and you can’t produce energy….
I personally found the book to be a stroll, as in it moved a tad slow for my liking. I also found the concept disturbing as I can see this happening. As for the story as it’s told, Emmeline is a real and well rounded character, but many of the others are flat, boring, and predictable. I had no real feeling for any of them except Emmeline. We are given some insight into her mother, but the rest fell flat for me.
Emmeline is young and naive and completely disarmed when she realizes what she’s ignored/accepted all her life. As many do, with age her eyes are opened and she isn’t too happy about the reality of her situation. As the story progresses she decides to change things. Her character grows as she sees the big picture of what life is for everyone.
January LaVoy did a good job with the narration. Her inflections brought Emmeline to life and gave her more personality.
The only issue I had with the actual story was, the story. The very real possibility that these things could happen, I can see them already starting to happen. This is the third book in a week that has presented me with less than a favorable out come for the future of America. I feel like Emmeline with my head in the sand and unwilling to look up to open my eyes.