Chasing Freedom by Marina Fontaine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In 2040s America, civility is prized above truth, conformity above free expression, and “green” living above basic human needs. Most have given up, too busy trying to survive in a country where life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.
Julie is a girl who has everything, including a plan to ignite the spark of resistance. Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life. Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy. Daniel is a young artist, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister. Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?
Marina Fontaine is an immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She uses personal experience to craft a novel that takes an intimate look at life in a totalitarian society and the role that individual choices play in advancing the cause of liberty.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Chasing Freedom is an intriguing dystopian novel. Randy and Julie are the leaders of the Rebels as they fight against the government. The government has taken away all freedoms, everyone lives in poverty, food is rationed, and free thinking is forbidden.
This dystopian was as intriguing as it was disturbing. It's extremely plausible, and the continual struggle for a happy life felt real. This novel has lots of action and although there is torture, it isn't graphic descriptions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think anyone that enjoyed The Hunger Games will enjoy reading this.
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