Virginia is for…Book Lovers: Veracity by Laura Bynum

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (January 5, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1439123349
  • Source: Publisher

In 2012, a viral infection sweeps the country and wipes out half the population.  A new government rises up from the ruins, called “The Confederation of the Willing.”  The Confederation provides the only food, supplies and resources availablle.  Given this additional power & control, they begin to make a few changes.  Speech and behavior are now controlled by “slates”, computer chips embedded in the necks of all citizens. When a forbidden act is performed, or a red-listed word spoken, the individual is punished, sometimes even killed by an electrical shock.

Fast forward to 2045. The Confederation still exists, now providing sex and drugs to its willing populace.  Harper Adams is a “monitor”, working directly for the Confederation.  She has a special gift, she can see auras and read the thoughts of others.  This gift gives Harper a unique advantage; she can see just how manipulative the Confederation is and begins to wonder if there is a better life. When the word “veracity”, also her daughter’s name, is red-listed, Harper knows she can stand for this no longer.  Harper discovers the Resistance, an underground group set on overtaking the Confederation, willing to give up her own life in the name of freedom.

Compared to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood,Veracity gives the reader a chilling look at the future. The freedom of speech we have is one that we often take for granted. Imagine not being able to say things such as poem, or courage.The characters Bynum has created are strong, well-developed; characters you want to survive, to win.  Veracity is a book that will stick with you long after you read the last pages. This book would be the perfect book club book; there are dozens of themes to be discussed.

Check back tomorrow for a special guest post by the author of Veracity, Laura Bynum.

Virginia is for…Book Lovers is a feature hosted by Jenn’s Bookshelves which spotlights local Virginia authors.  If you are a Virginia author, or publicist for a Virginia author, and would like to be a part of this feature, please contact me!

10 Comments to "Virginia is for…Book Lovers: Veracity by Laura Bynum"

  1. Kay's Gravatar Kay
    July 14, 2010 - 8:12 AM | Permalink

    I have a copy of this, but think it got lost down the piles. I’ll have to dig it out because this one definitely sounds like a winner. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be back tomorrow to see what the author has to say.

  2. July 14, 2010 - 8:30 AM | Permalink

    Well then, guess what was just added to my pile of TBR? Thanks for the review!

  3. Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick's Gravatar Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick
    Twitter: coffeebookchick
    July 14, 2010 - 8:43 AM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, this sounds fantastic!! Freaky, too — I love anything that provides some good questions to the reader on society in general, and the idea of this sounds right up my alley!

    I came across your blog from Hey Lady, Whatcha Readin’ when you posted a comment — I’m not sure where in Virginia you are, but boy, do I miss Virginia Beach! I lived there for 3 years before moving to North Florida!

  4. Serena's Gravatar Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit
    July 14, 2010 - 10:23 AM | Permalink

    sounds like a captivating read.

  5. Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading's Gravatar Jennifer-Girls Gone Reading
    Twitter: girlsgonereadin
    July 14, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Permalink

    This one is reminding me of The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, and The Passage. Did you see similarities to The Passage?

  6. July 18, 2010 - 4:03 PM | Permalink

    Wow, that does sound chilling. It sounds like a book my whole family would enjoy.

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