The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.
The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.
If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.
The premise of this book is really good. When I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read this book and I guess I sort of had high hopes for it. It has all the potential of being a fantastic book. The whole idea.
After reading the book I can still say that the concept and the whole premise of this book is still very intriguing to me. I told my family about the book because it really shows so much promise.
There are two main problems I have with this book though. First is the lack of emotion. I just didn't become emotionally involved. The story is told so factually and the little emotions that were displayed were just not enough. I never became invested emotionally.
The second problem I had is that John was supposed to be 15 years old. He did not sound, act or talk like any 15 year old that I have ever known. I think I got that John was mature beyond his years, and he was raised in a completely different kind of world but I didn't believe he was 15. Not once.
But, having said that, it was such an interesting idea. I was, and still am, curious about the plot. I want to become personally invested in this book. It was a clean read- no swearing, no sexual situations, which I really appreciated. I loved how John's parents taught him about the founding fathers of our nation. They never forgot what this country was built on. I wish we could all remember that today. It really is a plot that I can really get behind. I just needed more emotional connections and a more believable age for the main character. I'm hoping I get it in the next book. (which I will be reading)
Enjoy the following excerpt!
They circle me forever. Finally, David lunges at me trying to grab me while another comes from behind. I tuck my chin down so he is unable to put me in a choke hold while I raise my right leg and thrust it forward, as if to kick a door in, and plant it right into David’s gut. He is blown back, right onto the ground. Knowing there is a third assailant, I quickly grab the arm around my throat and jerk down like my father had taught me and slipped my head to my right through an opening that I had created and pulled him towards me. I proceed to knee him multiple times while using him as a shield between me and my other opponent.
Even with the gear stuff, I know I have caused enough damage to incapacitate this young soldier and prepare to engage his companion. I have angered them which is good. My dad always said if I can get someone to become emotional I have already won because they are not thinking with a clear mind. He rushes with no technique which allows me to grab the back of his head, controlling his movement, allowing me to put him into a front choke hold. He immediately taps out, knowing it will only be seconds before blackness overwhelms him.
Now it’s only David and me, and he is still very furious remembering how I’d humiliated him and more importantly, he believes that I have taken his rightful place, being the number one cadet.
Scott Powell was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a father who was a police officer and a mother who emigrated from South Korea. He received a degree in marketing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Scott served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for his church. He is a mixed martial artist who continues to train with his father, a second-degree black belt in Tae kwon do and a kick boxer.
Besides being married to Scott for over seventeen years, Judith Powell is a stay-at-home mom whose whole life has been full of stories. Being raised by an Irish storytelling father and a Native American mother, stories have filled her life and her head until they finally had no choice but to flow out through her fingertips.
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