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When Reed Paine is sent to a secret detention school for teens whose parents are branded enemies of the state, he doesn’t expect to find friendship - especially after coming face to face with Riley Paca, a girl who has every reason to hate him.  

But when Reed, Riley, and a few others start reading the old books they find in tunnels under the school, they begin to question what they are taught about the last days of America and the government that has risen in its place.  

Then the government decides to sell the Liberty Bell and Reed and his friends risk everything to steal it - to take back their history and the liberty that has been stolen from them.  

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Great story and cautionary tale

Every American needs to read/listen to this story. That being said, I have to make one comment about the narration. The narration for Xoey and Riley made them sound whiny and helpless and they are neither. At times, it was like fingernails on the chalkboard to listen to.

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Fantastic book!

Love this new Dyso series! Stealing Liberty, Fantastic title! I was drawn to all these characters! Can't wait to see what happens!

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Comfortably sits in Dystopian Teen Drama Section

*Mild spoilers possible in the discussion*
Stealing Liberty 4.25/5 by Jennifer Froleich (narrated by Laurie Lane)
Summary: Reed Paine and Riley Paca end up at a re-education camp for children of enemies of the State. Fate or fortune places them with a group of misfits, including Sam, Oliver, Adam, Paisley/Marie, and one other girl. Although the relationships do a fair amount of shifting, they become good friends willing to risk a lot for each other.

Additional Comments:
- Characters 4/5 – There are quite a few characters and a lot of setup. They’re fairly well-developed on the protagonist side with thorough backstories, but the villains are a tad lacking. The two teen brutes are forgettable. I do like Wanda. Totally blanking on her last name, but she’s an odd mix of mildly sadistic and control freakish.
- Narration 4/5 – You can definitely tell male from female narrative sections, but it’s sometimes harder to tell which teenager is which based on voice alone. The voice for Wanda was amazing though (controlled, measured, chilling). To be fair, there are like 7 MCs with distinct first person sections written about them.
- Plot 3.5/5 – The plan to steal the liberty bell is okay, but I’m with one of the characters who basically says “what’s the point”? The other half of their plan makes a lot of sense. Aside from billing this as a “stealing liberty” book, which is quite obviously going to have sequels, it’s a really big stretch that these kids would feel the need to steal the liberty bell.
- Pacing 2/5 – There’s a LOT of setup. That slows the work down significantly, to the point of a snail’s crawl.
- Worldbuilding 3.5/5 – Much like any dystopian future where liberty is severely restricted in the name of order and peace, the protagonists must figure out what’s right on their own. It’s a tad like any school-based drama. You can see this school being in the world of the Hunger Games.
- Ending/sense of closure 5/5 – There’s actually a lot of room to continue the story, but it reaches a good stopping point where one could have a semi-happily ever after stamped on it and feel fulfilled. The lead up to the end where they’re blundering about a bit is less impressive, but still, at least you reach some closure.

Conclusion: Fits comfortably in the dystopian teen drama genre. If that’s you’re thing, you’ll probably be satisfied.

*I was freely given a copy of the audiobook and I chose to review it.*