Monday, January 18, 2010

Veracity Blog Tour and Give-Away

Author: Laura Bynum
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Pocket (1/5/2010)

Summary: Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one-half of the country’s population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, the Confederation of the Willing, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and a device called the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a forbidden, Red-Listed word is to risk physical punishment, or even death.

I finished Veracity last week the day after the publisher sent it to me. It was a book that made me stop and think about many things: freedoms, family, love, friendship and sacrifice. I noticed on the back cover that it was compared to George Orwell's 1984, and I can understand the comparison, but I don't quite agree with it. It's a 1984 with more hope and less defeatism. In some ways it reminds me of an Ayn Rand book with a spiritual element. Then again, I could just tell you that it's a story of our society in the future where words are controlled, and people are forbidden to sing, love or speak as they wish. It's a cautionary tale; one that the author makes us believe COULD happen in the right circumstances.

I find with books like Veracity there is a danger of the lessons or messages taken precidence over the character development and/or plot. Author Laura Bynum however, did not make this mistake. The characters are vibrant, and reach out of the book to make us either care, fear, hate or cringe, depending on who they are. I'm sure each reader will find a character to identify with as they read Veracity. These characters aren't warriors in the traditional sense of the word, but yet they are just as compelling.

The other amazing thing about Veracity is the author's ability to write this story for all readers, not just those with a particular viewpoint. Whether the reader is liberal, conservative or middle of road they will be able to take something away from this book. I also think teenagers, mature 16 years olds and up, can read Veracity. It will make them ponder how they feel about love, sacrifice, government, religion, loyalty, friendship and making a difference.

The publisher has allowed me to give away a copy of Veracity to one lucky reader! I'm making it extremely easy; leave a comment letting me know if you've read 1984, Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies. I had to read all three when I was in school, and thought Veracity was more thought provoking and readable. Have you read any of those titles?

If you don't have an email linked to your blog, or maybe you aren't a blogger, please leave your email in the comments. You can write it as brenda (at) standbesideher (dot)com if you wish. The contest will end on January 31st, 2010.


My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I have read lord of the flies and loved the thought provoking aspect of it.

Melissa (My World) said...

I have to say I thought I would have to read all three of these books in High school when I got there. And to my surprise I didn't have to read even one of them. I was really surprised. I think they were starting to be part of the contraversy everyone talks about so the school stopped before a big deal was made of them.

Although part of me wishes I did.

This book does sound good!


Scorpio M. said...

I read both 1984 & Animal Farm. Of more recent dystopian novels, I really adored Cormac McCarthy's, THE ROAD, although I'm not sure it can be considered strictly dystopian, it's post-apocalyptic for sure but not as heavy on the morality lesson that is usually typical of this theme.

VERACITY sounds like it deserves an audience, thanks for the review.


ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

I have read Animal Farm a long time ago for school. I think if I were to reread it as an adult I would take away more. In fact, that may make a great challenge: rereading or revisiting all those great childhood novels: The Giver, Number The Stars, Tuck Everlasting, etc.

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nunah said...

I read Animal Farm when I was in HS, and to this day I think about those damn pigs... "Some people are MORE equal than others" It was shocking, brilliant, unnerving, and it was my first exposure to Orwell, and quite a lasting impression did he leave! A few years later, I read "Why I Write", an essay on language and writing, and again Orwell did not fail to leave a lasting impression. Though I have not read much by Orwell, the few works that I did read have influenced the way I think both as a writer and a reader.

dor said...

I have not read any of them. I was not a reader until about 3 years ago. Will have to check them out though.

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Tonya H said...

I read all three of those books in high school, and I am one of those weirdo people who has read it again once they got older. This book is interesting.

Katy said...

I remember reading Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies in school. I didn't really enjoy them at the time, but I'm finding I like books of that type more interesting now that I'm older. :-P My favorite book about a bleak future so far this year is The Hunger Games. I really liked The Giver too.

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Deb said...

i have read all three, like you, in high school. love those kinds of books.

and when did you get a book blog???? this is awesome!

Kelly Deneen said...

This looks SO good. I may have to suggest it for book club.

throuthehaze said...

I have read Animal Farm and The Lord of the Flies.

Melissa aka Equidae said...

i've read animal farm and loved it....i am interested in reading lord of the flies but havent done so yet.