My Penny’s Worth
The bravery of Portia Abernathy, the main character, had me glued to my seat. Could a nineteen-year-old with her curious mind and longing to change the world succeed? At first, I thought the book was similar to The Hunger Games with the haves and have-nots. But that’s where the similarity ended.
Portia has idealistic views, wanting to believe that she can make a difference. The truth becomes deadly evident when she speaks her mind and ends up receiving correctives. Consequently, there is no room for free thinking with ignorance and brainwashing used to keep order. Only bravery and the need to know the truth will suffice for Portia.
A Gripping read
Ms. Hogrefe pens a gripping story with twists and turns keeping the reader hooked page after page. Indeed, the chapters remind me of the old earlier series of Dr. Who, where at the end of each episode you were left with a cliffhanger. Often I needed to read on even when tiredness called me to my bed. In addition, the characters are strong both the good and the bad equally.
I wanted Portia to win through; I applauded her bravery in the midst of adversary. Her intelligence shone through along with her curiosity. This YA novel is a thoughtful read for young and older adults as it raises issues of how we as a society can survive without the input of the past.
Can we disregard the past to make a better future? And if so what will happen to the freedom of thought. For these answers, you will need to read this book.
Would I recommend this book?
In summary, if you enjoy YA Dystopia and have read books like The Hunger Games, you may well find this book irresistible to put down. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series.
I would like to give this book 5 stars.
Thank you, Kristen Hogrefe, for writing TheRevisionary.
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
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About the book
Author: Kristen Hogrefe
Genre: YA Dystopia
Publisher: Write Integrity Press
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
A Revisionary rewrites the rules.
A Rogue breaks them.
Which one is she?
Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy plans to earn a Dome seat and rewrite the Codex rules to rescue her exiled brother. Her journey demands answers from the past civilization, but uncovering the truth means breaking the rules she set out to rewrite.
Where will the world be in 2149? If citizens forget their past, they will be lost in an identity crisis. That’s exactly the state of the American Socialists United (ASU). This dystopian story opens in Cube 1519, a ghetto where the only use for obsolete cell phones is to throw them like rocks at mongrels. Portia and her father survive like many other citizens, with no electricity or technology and no expectation for a better life.
The truth revealed
Yet Portia remembers her brother Darius—before he was taken from her. Now that’s she’s graduated, she determines to get him back. She thinks earning a Dome seat as a Revisionary candidate will be her ticket to rewriting the Codex and reversing his sentence. However, when she receives her draft and arrives at the Crystal Globe University for training, she discovers the world is very different outside her cube and that prisoners like Darius aren’t the only ones trapped by the system.
Written for young adults, THE REVISIONARY offers a suspenseful plot, flashbacks to America’s Revolutionary era, and rediscovery of the founding values needed to rebuild Portia’s unraveling world. “In school, teens hear that if they don’t learn from history’s lessons, they’re destined to repeat them,” author Kristen Hogrefe says. “Portia lives in a world where leaders wield ignorance to control citizens. Only when Portia sets out to rescue her brother does she realize the lie she’s been living and determines to break free.”
Looking backwards to find wisdom
Blockbuster novels like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Giver popularized the dystopian YA genre. THE REVISIONARY builds a dystopia of a different kind—one that looks backward to find wisdom to move forward to offer an underlying message of heritage and hope.
About the Author
Kristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings and professional conferences. You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.
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