Nov 21, 2014

Counteract by Tracy Lawson

Two strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver's licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there's a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It's a small price to pay for safety.

Or is it...

Review by Anniek:

A decade from now the government has taken over everything. Everyone can be checked with every single thing that they do. You can only have a car for instance if your job requires you to have one. There are limitations at how much food you can buy and there are only 3 television channels you can watch. The government states that this is all to keep the people safe. When they announce that a terrorist attack is coming they tell everyone to go and pick up the antidote. What the people don’t know is that they can track who takes the antidote and who doesn’t. The people who question the antidote or the motives of the government are silently being ‘erased’.

The story revolves around Tommy and Careen. Tommy is devastated after losing his parents in a car crash and Careen is a class A student. A police officer who is also part of the resistance makes sure that Tommy and Careen meet each other. When the next dose of antidote hasn't been delivered and the old dose wears out Tommy and Careen are coming to their senses, what if the government is lying? And if they are, what are they going to do about it?!

The author has written a very good and solid story. I could play the images in my head while I was reading. I kept on asking myself what would I do if I'd be in the same situation? Would I believe everything the government is telling me and would I take the antidote without questions asked?
What would I do if everyone else is taking the antidote and I have my doubts? I’m challenging you all to ask yourself the same questions!
Tracy Lawson can write very well and the story will definitely keep you thinking. I kept on reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. When I thought that scenario A would happen, Tracy Lawson ‘tricked’ me and the story would go in a completely different direction. I love it when someone can write a story that way.

Counteract is the first book in The Resistance Trilogy. At the end of this first book you will get a glimpse of how the story continues in Resist. Which will be book 2. I read on Amazon that the third book will be Revolt which Tracy Lawson is working on now. 

1 comment:

  1. Anniek, thank you for the lovely review. I'm so glad the story in Counteract kept you guessing!




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