Updated: Nov 5
Age Range: 16 and up
Liberty 554-062466-84 of Aldonia lives in a responsible society that cares for the earth and everyone on it. They have learned to balance resource consumption with replacement initiatives, unavoidable pollution with clean-environment efforts. Science ensures that every baby born is healthy. The government ensures that every baby born is needed. All are cared for, taught, and given a specific duty to perform, their unique contribution to society. Why is Liberty so unsatisfied?
In less than two weeks, Liberty must begin her vocation. Every girl in Aldonia wishes she had Liberty's vocation. Liberty would rather flee from Aldonia and live on her own, independent of the all-controlling government, the Regimen Custodia Terra. The high electrical Boundary Fence crushes any thought of escape. The ID implant imbedded in her hand makes it impossible to hide. She has no choice but to submit. Liberty is slated to be a Breeder.
As vocation day draws near, a man with an obsession for Liberty attacks her and injects her with a drug. She's about to lose consciousness when someone comes to her rescue, a man in a mottled cape and dark glasses. She wakes in an underground facility where people watch over Aldonia with an array of monitors and surveillance equipment. These people are full of secrets, but she discovers one thing: they rescue a man scheduled for re-education. They rescued him. They can rescue her.
Chasing Liberty is a well-written, enjoyable book and the first novel in the Liberty Trilogy! The government controls everything, who is born, where you work, who you live with, where you live, what you believe, what you read and watch, what you eat and drink, and your entire life. Chasing Liberty is a lot like other dystopian government-controlling worlds but with one big exception which makes it stand out from the rest, the belief in God. I have always loved a good dystopian book, and Chasing Liberty was no exception but what drew me in was the religious aspect of it. Nineteen-year-old Liberty lives in a society full of sins and lies and is told that families are an old way of life. She is told she will be a breeder in two weeks and must accept her place in society. But deep inside of her, Liberty hears a voice, her Friend as she calls Him, and knows that the government's way of life and society is not right or moral.
The entire world has become a Godfree, do-whatever-feels-good society, but then Liberty learns of another secret group of people that believe in God and morals, and Liberty can't help but be attracted to the idea of it. I think the book was excellent and much needed for today's times. People need to read and know what could happen if we continue in our sinful society. The story was sometimes a bit predictable, but I was totally engrossed in the novel! All of the characters felt realistic and not forced or fake. All the good characters weren't just all good but had depth and flaws, and all the bad characters weren't just bad; they had emotions and usually thought they were doing good in their actions.
Because Chasing Liberty is for older teens and adults, and they live in a very secular society, there is a lot of sin, primarily sexual immorality, and it is thought normal; I rated the book 16 and up, and you can read my reasons for doing so in my things to mention section. One of my only negatives of the book is not the book itself but its cover. I really feel like if it looked better and was more appealing more people would want to read it and see how awesome it is.
If you are like me and have a hundred books on your list to read, I definitely suggest moving this book to the top of your list. Overall I thought Chasing Liberty was an amazing book for older teens and adults (but no one under 16), and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book in the series!
Special thanks to Theresa Linden for sending me a complimentary copy of Chasing Liberty for my unbiased review!
Things to Mention: suggestions that Finley and Tatum, and Dr. Supero and his assistance were together physically. Dr. Supero talk of wanting women physically. A guy wants to be with Liberty but she doesn’t want to be with him; he later drugs her in oder to be with her but Liberty is saved before anything happens. Fighting between friends and other people. In school, they would teach all the students to “experiment with your sexuality” and to “be open, uninhabited, free”. Liberty always found this disgusting. There is some smoking and drinking. A girl insinuated that she was sexually abused when she was younger. There is mentions how girls have girlfriends and boys have boyfriends. Two women get pregnant outside of marriage. Girls were inappropriate clothes Some other minor things.
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