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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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OK Thriller with an Important Message

I've heard this book marketed as the "1984" of the new millennium. Given the subject matter and the important message it seeks to communicate - it well *could* have been, but inexperienced writing and a story that ends far too abruptly will keep it from capturing that title. And I make that statement as someone who regards "1984" as one of my all time favorite books.

While Beck's skill at novel writing has definitely improved since "Overton Window", this story just doesn't quite "make it." There are many repetitive dialog devices used over-and-over again, often times within the same couple of sentences and to my great annoyance. It was to the point of becoming predictable - and that is not a good thing. The main character, which we understand to be a young woman, is rendered to be a bit too immature given her harsh living conditions to be believable. Imagine you took a 17 year old spoiled American mall rat and dumped her in the middle of a dystopian nightmare which, she supposedly grew-up in. Doesn't really work, does it?

The atmospherics of the "compound" and the eco-Nazi lifestyle of the citizens was developed much better than most of the characters, and one can almost see and feel what life would be like living under such conditions. Moreover, because this story is essentially an extrapolated trajectory of the hopes and aspirations of the more extreme elements of the "Green" movement, it provides an additional source of realism and does a decent job of communicating its primary warnings.

The story is very short, which doesn't have to be a bad thing, but in this case I don't feel that it works. Did the authors run out of plot ideas, or are we simply being setup for a serialized story? Whatever the reason, I came away feeling a bit "jipped" - not so much because I needed a neatly packaged closure to the story, but because I felt it failed somehow to deliver that essential existential "kick" that the "1984 of the new millennium" should.

I'd say Agenda 21 is a decent read with a very important and timely message. If you are curious to understand what the real Agenda 21 is and how it could potentially play out into the future, this isn't a half bad introduction and it is at least, entertaining and not dry.

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  • Frederick, MD, United States
  • 01-02-13

Chilling Tale of the Future

This is a chilling if somewhat paranoid tale of the future. This is billed as a worst case future of what would happen if the UN gets to rule the USA. As a fictional story it was a very good listen. The ending was somewhat disappointing, and left me wanting more. Maybe there is a sequel. While I don't see the worst happening (and I don't think the author does either), as a child of the early fifties the current erosion of freedoms does parallel what the book portends. It was so good we also got the Kindle version. First time getting both versions of a book.

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Bad Ending

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Clearly there's a sequel in the works, but I kind of resented having the cliff-hanger come where it does. I felt there was no pay-off for having read all the way to the end.

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

Emmaline

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless there was more to the story and it actually had a resolution, instead of ending right in the middle of the climax.

Any additional comments?

This book was pretty depressing and it took a very long time for me to root for the main character. Just when she begins to show some heroism, the book ends. The whole book seemed like a first act, and the moment the first plot point came, it ended. I don't think I'll care enough to purchase a sequel.

It also seemed clumsy in some ways. It would have read better if they had just used real words for things: kitchen instead of "eating space," bathroom instead of "washing up area," etc.

I realize the authors were trying to make a point about the consequences of the real Agenda 21, but they may have over-reached to the extent that it made the story seem too far-fetched and unrelatable. That may have caused them to miss the opportunity to raise awareness about Agenda 21 and how it is already beginning to happen in our lifetime.

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Coming soon to a neighborhood near you....yours!

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

ON THE WAY

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

Dash across the forbidden center stage.

Which scene was your favorite?

The realization that there were potential free people outside the fence fending for themselves but still free. A foreign concept to the younger ones in the prison colonies.

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

I was one that already knew fully about the evil of the agenda 21 project before this was written. I had my own ideas what the extreme could look like and frankly, I think it will end up just as bad if not worse.We are going here...there are too many weak minded, takers, in the world now to stop this. I just hope I am dead before it gets too far.

Any additional comments?

Please...even if you do not buy this book, at least look into agenda 21. It is secretly found now in almost every community planning commission. It may be called Agenda 21 or a number of different names. A true sign it is starting is the high density neighborhood. The goal being to force all people into high rise, tightly squeezed housing area. You will not be driving any longer. Stores, business, and homes will be tightly woven into the area to stop car ownership and promote walking only.Animals will acquire "rights" that will be very powerful. There will be huge human free zones, similar to the ones set up for marine right now, that will be positively of limits to humans. Your food, your activity, and health will be judged by government panels and dealt with if out of "their normal".Don't think so...can't happen here...I feel very sorry you will have to live this way. I will never let them do this to me. By the way, this is only the mild part of the Agenda 21 plan.It gets more hideous as they gain more control over the people. Again, it not a theory or a conspiracy, they are starting to implement this across our country and around the world. You can that the wonderful UNITED NATIONS for this!

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frightening and powerful!

very cool way to get information out to the public, the story is frightening, but just wait for it. it gets even more frightening when you begin to understand your not just reading a story!

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Know the evil before it takes control

It may seem far-fetched until you watch the evening news. Then you wonder how they could've gone so far already. The UN must be stopped on agenda 21. This story points out the flaws of a socialist agenda in graphic detail.

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A brave new book, about an intended consequence

Would you listen to Agenda 21 again? Why?

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.

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

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.

Have you listened to any of January LaVoy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I prefer Charles Laughton and an flat powerful voice, but she also drew me in.

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

Not that kind of book, although I almost cheered at the end. It will stay with you, to be mulled over, savored perhaps.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Story behind the story

Not the best writing or story, but it's the message that needs to be heard by every American.

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open your eyes world

wake up... shock the Sheeple... Never trust the power... understand your rights, and demand to keep them, or lose them forever!

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This is my new favorite book

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

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