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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?

©2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc. (P)2012 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc.

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Thought Provoking...

If you could sum up Agenda 21 in three words, what would they be?

Fictional, though possible.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I think there was so much detail in other parts of the book, but the last few chapters were lacking. I felt as though the author got through writing 3/4 of the book, and rushed through writing the last part in order to meet a deadline.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several scenes that were powerful. The description of the baby nursery, and the Children's Village, was touching. The narrator described well how the babies struggled to thrive without consistent parental contact.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't laugh or cry, but I did think. I do not agree as the book implies, that these drastic social upheavals could be accepted as normal in one generation. But then I think about the 'working mothers' who were rare just 40-50 years ago, and now everyone thinks 'stay at home moms' are so lucky! I think if we allow incremental slips in cultural norms, then before long, we wonder how we got where we are.
There are people who think this book is all conspiracy and black-helicopter fiction. I just think it's a book to make us think about what could happen if we don't pay close enough attention to what's happening around us.

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  • Joseph
  • Piney flats, TN, United States
  • 03-04-13

A story with an alarming truth!

Any additional comments?

With out giving anything away take time and listen carefully cause you will see yourself as one of the characters if not the main character in this story and before the last page you will know you place, and after you may not. An amazing story that opened my eyes and my mind all while listening to something so fictional that I could believe but something so reasonable that I have goose bumps.

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  • Mr.
  • Bothell, WA, United States
  • 03-04-13

Chilling and thought provoking.

Would you consider the audio edition of Agenda 21 to be better than the print version?

The emotion expressed by the readers brought the characters to life, helping bringing color to the very gray and depressing compound in Agenda 21.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Emmeline, her transition from a naive young girl to a woman of passion, courage and conviction was inspiring.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

Emmeline

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Where our erroding freedoms lead.

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Falls short

What would have made Agenda 21 better?

More plot and less narrative. Much of the book felt like exposition, and I find it hard to pick out a true climax.

Has Agenda 21 turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I enjoy dystopic novels, bit this seemed like a less effective version of one.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't great either.

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  • Aaron
  • Santa Monica, CA, United States
  • 12-22-12

Must Listen to

This book is amazing. It was read great. It is really illuminating. If you are thinking of getting it do. You will not be disappointed. I listened to it 3 times. It is that good.

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  • Anita
  • Dickson, TN, United States
  • 12-09-12

Wow could this happen

What did you love best about Agenda 21?

Story line was great

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The book kept me interested I wanted to see what would happen next.

Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

Great voice

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  • Joseph
  • Ontario, california, United States
  • 12-07-12

First thriller in 7 years

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Already have.

What other book might you compare Agenda 21 to and why?

Ummm not sure do not usually read thrillers.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

I was satisfied my wife didn't like the main characters voice.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't stop listening, I finished it in two days while I drove my work truck. It usually takes me 2 or 3 weeks to finish a audio book. Great story extremely fascinating I am glad I made the decision to get the book, like I said I do not usually buy thrillers but I bit the bullet and am glad I did! First Glen Beck book I have purchased.

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Whew just stopped half way thru.

Man what a poor story line and reading.
Won't be buying anymore of his books.
Better if it was a documentary I suppose.

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realistic & based on Liberal mindset of the future

If you could sum up Agenda 21 in three words, what would they be?

How would you survive the Ideal Liberal prison camps for producing soldiers for your army while living a minimal existence on food cubes and forced propaganda. Give birth to a child and never get to EVER see or hold that child because the government keeps them in child rearing facilities because some empty headed theorist thinks their way is more efficient in producing children that will be their ideal soldier, subject.

In other words - submissive and not willing to question authority in ANY manner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Agenda 21?

When the main characters were making their final attempt to escape, he held back and she was afraid he was having second thoughts.

It was only that the was watching a fire he had started to divert the community to make sure it would not affect the children's hospital, school, dormitory.

After he clearly saw that the facility was safe did he crawl under the fence and join the 3 others (his wife, their child and one other child) and made good their escape.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I could never accept being a prisoner and would have recognized many ways of escaping and would do so or die trying.

Any additional comments?

This is the future that many in the European Union, Russia and even here in the US think would be best for the human race.

Feed the squirrels and birds but give humans minimal rations (vegan of course) until they died from lack of will or just outright starvation, bit by bit, by bit.

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A SOBERING LOOK AT ONE FUTURE

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful