Author: Anjenique Hughes
Publisher: self published
Type of book: Dystopia, future, chosen one, rebellion, friendships, guarding, family, determination
Year it was published: 2016
Sovereignty views a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future through the eyes of 18-year-old Goro. Perseverance propels him forward, even in the face of immense tragedy. With hope seemingly lost and life apparently pointless, redemption glimmers on the horizon when Goro and his friends are recruited into a grass-roots resistance movement. Determined to bring down the world government, they gain access to the key to accomplishing their goal. Loyalty, persistence, and fighting for freedom are the main themes of the book. Some of the unique and appealing aspects of this young adult fiction novel include: witty dialogue, futuristic elements from the 23rd century, and the fact that life data for each person is captured within an implanted micro-chip. The male protagonist, in contrast to the female protagonists in recent young adult science fiction such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, appeals to teenage boys as well as girls. The characters have diverse ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, to better represent typical young adult readers.
Besides Goro, I didn't understand the characters' personalities or what they were like. Goro is best described as cocky, self-assured and for some odd reason reminded me quite a bit of Eddie Huang who wrote Fresh off the Boat. He also believes eh knows best and is determined to do what he can. There are other characters such as his family members and the people he works with but they're not as drawn out as he.
Nothing is clear cut and dry
The story is in first person narrative from Goro's point of view. The story is not as detailed as I hoped and its very action oriented. I feel as if I didn't get a chance to know neither the world nor the protagonists within it. The plot also reminded me quite a lot about Matrix, aside from difficulties that Goro experienced in the end.
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Meet the Author:
With master's degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique "Jen" Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is "young at heart" is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.
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I'm sorry but I didn't like this story. Since I've sometimes had positive experiences with genres I normally don't review, I thought that this also might prove to be the case, but alas it wasn't. The world wasn't as immersive as I had hoped it would be, although it is pretty interesting and its something highly feasible. I also think that the story and the style definitely has a strong appeal to boys because its very action oriented and it definitely sounds as if a guy is talking.
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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)