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.
Woken up to the harsh reality of her life and her family's future inside the Republic, Emmeline begins to search for the truth. Why are all citizens confined to ubiquitous concrete living spaces? Why are Compounds guarded by Gatekeepers who track all movements? Why are food, water and energy rationed so strictly? And, most important, why are babies taken from their mothers at birth?
As Emmeline begins to understand the true objectives of Agenda 21, she realizes that she is up against far more than she ever thought. With the Authorities closing in, and nowhere to run, Emmeline embarks on an audacious plan to save her family and expose the Republic - but is she already too late?
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Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
Man what a poor story line and reading.
Won't be buying anymore of his books.
Better if it was a documentary I suppose.
Parke and Beck collaborated on this possible rendition of the future. A dark and oppressive story that finally finds a sliver of light at its' conclusion, this narration fits the story line. January LaVoy brings the story to life with her nurturing and oppressed / optimistic rendition of the lead character's thoughts, compulsions towards freedom and hopes for the future generation. A possible look at what we might someday lose, this audio book should not be missed.
It moved very slowly. I did not get a real feel for the world that Beck was trying to create.
The book plodded along toward the ending so I was happy when it came. As far as what actually happened at the end, I was not suprised based on the tempo if the book.
For me, it was worth the time but it was not a very long book. It was very easy to stop listening and I found that, at times, I really did not want to turn it back on again.
Over all I did like the book but I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. My take on this book is that it was a re-telling of Anthem by Ayn Rand (which I read many years ago and loved). That may be the reason for my two star score for the story told here. Rand told this type of story well. Beck's book may be more important due to the actual Agenda 21 document. But I feel he could have told a better story. The afterword was interesting. I downloaded the Agenda 21 document, I may even read it one day.
No, I am not likely to forget any of it anytime soon. You are slowly drawn into the lead character and her circumstances. I am a senior male, yet the empathy I came to feel, for a teen girl, a survivor, heroic in a way few understand, is deep and real.
Brave New World, This Perfect Day, and 1984. As an accomplished an author, not yet. A grasp of the unholy and real dangers of things set in motion in our time? Most definitely.
No, I prefer Charles Laughton and an flat powerful voice, but she also drew me in.
Not that kind of book, although I almost cheered at the end. It will stay with you, to be mulled over, savored perhaps.
An avid reader for fifty years, I miss the written word. Listening is an acquired taste. After a decade of trying, I finished a book at last, this one.
A gradual build up of well developed characters adds the climax of the story. Here is where you take current facts about what is happening in the world and put a twisted speculation to it. Only to find out in the end that it really isn't that far off an idea. I lived in Russia for 2 years and that was all that I could picture as a setting in the book; stark, bleak and very Spartan.
This is an absolute favorite of mine. This is a sad, story but it also is very good one. You never now what coming next. This book reminds me of the hunger games series and divergent series. It is very good so you should really read it
First off - January LaVoy knocked it out of the park with the narration. She easily distinguished between all the voices and because of that it was easy for me to follow who was saying what. Bravo!
This book is, admittedly, an exploration of a worst case scenario based on a real life policy (Agenda 21). Glenn Beck isn't the best fiction author in the world and I'm not sure what Harriet Parke brought to the party but the book was compelling.
I'm a fan of dystopian, post apocalyptic, SHTF and TEOTWAWKI stories because I love the possibility of character development. In this story we got to see Emmeline go from a sheep to questioning everything. Her awakening was great to watch. Yep, I got frustrated with her at times. Her immaturity did get overwhelming. However in the end it is an excellent character study.
The ending was a MAJOR cliffhanger so I'm glad I got this book right before the 2nd one came out. I would been left quite ticked off.
In the end I was very satisfied and happy to move on to Agenda 21: Into the Shadows.
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