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In a world monitored by mind-manipulating implants, one young woman will risk everything for liberty.

Brooklyn, 2095. Seventeen-year-old Riley Taylor longs to escape the crushing poverty of the slums. Stuck with her best friend in a totalitarian police state, their only hope of freedom is joining the military. But when Riley gets ripped away from him in their first brutal combat, she’s shocked to discover why so many recruits come home in coffins.

Ultimately reunited on the front lines in the war for dwindling natural resources, she’s devastated to learn they wiped his memory. As they fight side by side, she vows to survive long enough to restore his recollection of their lost friendship. But with her state-issued chip recording her every move, digging into the corrupt regime could prove deadlier than the battlefield....

Can Riley save her best friend before the government steals her last shot at a new future?

©2017 J.B. Cantwell (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Wonderful creative dystopian

Wow!! Ok, I loved this book! First off, with so many dystopian books out there it can be hard to find something super unique, but this book was so different and creative, while still incorporating so many of the beautiful aspects I love in dystopian books regarding governments, waring nations, and resources. The plot was totally plausible and forces the listener to really think about todays world and choices that could or should be made. The characters were completely believable and relatable. I loved Riley and her personality and growth. The writing was really spectacular and I commend the author for her ability to show not tell, and lead the reader through the story so effortlessly. The story had such an easy flow while being packed with action and excitement. I can’t wait to get my hands on book two!

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I wanted to like it more but...

The book was not horrible, the story was ok but the main character was more annoying than anything. the story had great potential and maybe still does???

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  • 07-28-20

Good easy listen

Not even finished this book yet but I know I will be getting the rest of the Lens series. The narrator is excellent at setting the mood and bringing to life the authors characters, I can see this is one series that I will be sad when it ends and will listen again many times in the future. It says it is aimed at teens and young adults but I am in my 50's and absolutely recommend it for older adults too.