Sovereignty (book review)
Sovereignty was written by Anjenique Hughes. It is the first book in a series. I was provided a copy by iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century's world's government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn't know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
This story was reminiscent of quite a few recent dystopian YA novels. I'm not going to complain about that though... because I happen to be a fan of the entire dystopian genre. So... if you are too, I'd recommend picking up Sovereignty and giving it a try.
While I did enjoy getting to know Goro and his family, I wish there was more. I would have liked to have gone deeper into his relationships with his siblings. I think it would have made me care about him in a different way. At times he seemed very connected and emotional... but at other times I just felt really detached from him. I'm honestly not sure if that was done purposely by the author... or if there were spots that more character development was needed. It actually made a bit of sense with the story how closed off he seemed to be a lot of the story. But... it's hard to love and care about a character like Goro.
While the novel does have the violence you would expect with a book involving a revolution... I would have no problem passing this book on to my middle schooler. I'm curious to see what her opinion of Goro and his friends will be.
About the author:
With master's degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique "Jen" Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is "young at heart" is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.