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Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of 24, she's the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancée and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she's been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother's funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate's nose?

©2015 Lauren Deville (P)2016 Lauren Deville

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Very Impressive

There is not much waiting for this story to take off. I was not expecting this. The synopsis does not do it justice and now off to part 2! As of this posting Audible does not have the "next book in series correct" The Eden Conspiracy is book 2.

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Excellent book the narrator does an excellent job

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

I would and have recommended this book

Who was your favorite character and why?

No certain character

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

This is the 1st audible book I have listened to and Melissa does a wonderful job she brings life to the book and makes you feel like you are in the middle of it

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole book no lie

Any additional comments?

I don't normally read these types of books and I couldn't wait for the 2nd book to come out

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A Story Earworm - Can't stop thinking about it!

Captivating story with complex characters. The story unfolds with surprising twists and turns at a pace that keeps it interesting, but with enough time for the implications of what is going on to sink in. The unpredictable plot facilitated satisfying anxiety attacks during story turns. Melissa Williams' voice inflection and change in speech pattern as she switched between characters was incredible. Even when I stopped in the middle of a chapter and picked it up days later, I could recall from her tone and inflection exactly which character was thinking/speaking and where I had left off without starting at the beginning of the chapter - bonus! C'mon on Book 2!

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A dystopian that starts to bridge the gap between YA and adult fiction, The Liberty Box has a chillingly realistic premise.

A dystopian that starts to bridge the gap between YA and adult fiction, The Liberty Box has a chillingly realistic premise.

“Is it better to be deceived and happy than to know the truth?”

In short, the concept is that the future America controls its population through the use of medication and brain waves. Based on the current economy and technological advances, this seems just a few steps away from being possible. With my love for speculative fiction, this is right up my alley!

The Liberty Box opens with a prologue that sets up how this future came to be. Many dystopians I’ve read just drop the reader in and fill in (some) backstory along the way, leaving me with lots of questions, so I appreciated and enjoyed easing my way in and learning about the world Gray created. Then it switches to “present” day, following a few different perspectives along the way. The perspective changes don’t follow a particular rhythm, but each chapter is labeled with the name of the person who’s eyes we are seeing through to help guide the reader.

With an intriguing and entertaining plot and somewhat less character development, this is definitely a plot driven story. Most of it had fairly brisk pacing, with a few sections that were a bit slower due to a lot of detail and information being dropped at once. Although the main characters in this book are in their mid-twenties, there was a definite young adult tone to the writing style, making this ideal for readers looking to reach just outside the young adult range.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when it comes to audiobooks, the narration can really make it or break it. Listening to The Liberty Box, I found the sound and production quality was not quite as rich or full as I like it to be. To be fair, it certainly didn’t sound like the average person speaking into any old recording device, but I happen to prefer a brighter tone. That being said, Melissa Williams’ narration style was smooth and friendly, and listening to this felt like having a mom or older sister read aloud to me.

In the end, I did enjoy The Liberty Box and am looking forward to read the next book, The Eden Conspiracy, to see what happens next. But I will probably pick that up in print. Think this sounds like something you’d be interested in? It’s available for free now in both kindle and nook formats!

*Thanks to the author for providing an advance copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.

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She is an incredible auther

Would you listen to The Liberty Box, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes I will listen to this book again but i will listen to the next two books first of course. C.A. Gray hooked me right off and i did not want to stop. Was sorry when i was at the end. So i cannot wait to get to the next book.

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

Melissa does a good job but needs to develop a different tone for different characters. That way we can tell who is talking (or thinking to themselves).

Any additional comments?

I will add C.A. Gray to my favorite authors.