Age Range: 15 and up
Hidden no more. Imprisoned by the all-controlling government. Slated for Re-Education. Liberty must escape from a high-security facility to rescue the colonists who lost their freedom. Their capture is her fault.
Set in the not-so-distant future, where the government controls society through indoctrination, population control, and the eradication of the family, Liberty bides her time in Aldonia’s Re-Education facility. If she fails to escape and rescue the others, the children, teens and adults of the Maxwell Colony will be integrated into society, facing sterilization and indoctrination.
She is not alone in the desire to rescue the colonists. An underground, anti-government group has been rescuing people from Aldonia for years, but never have they attempted to rescue so many at one time. To do so would risk exposing, even ending, their operation. Dedrick, one of the top rescuers, grieves for his family members who are now residents of government’s facilities. He wants Liberty free, but he is opposed to working with her.
Racing through the wild, the underground and sordid inner-city slums, Testing Liberty follows Liberty from one trial to another, to her final sacrifice.
Testing Liberty is the second book in the Liberty Trilogy, where Liberty is tested in every area of her life—her faith, morals, vocation, and acceptance and forgiveness of herself. After Liberty indirectly led the government to the Maxwell community and got captured and imprisoned with a few dozen other people, she can think of nothing else than fixing her mistake and freeing the colonists. As the world around them falls apart, the Mosheh tries their best to save and rescue everyone, but Dr. Supero and the government make it their goal to stop all things good and pure.
I liked and enjoyed Testing Liberty better than the first book because of the insight into Dedrick's life, his point of view, and a new character from the short story Operation Gift Drop. It made the story much more enjoyable as Liberty's character seems a bit flat. Dedrick has flaws just like everyone else, but he seems genuine as if he is real. He was so different from all the other guy characters in the book—he respected all people and was faithful to God. And then Bolcan, a rescued Aldonian, appears as a character, and it is so funny to see how he butts heads with and annoys Dedrick.
Theresa Linden is an excellent author because her books are well-written, and it takes work to guess what will happen next! Testing Liberty continues the theme of being a Catholic dystopian, but I was disappointed in how little the novel was Catholic. It was not the main subject and only a minor matter. Yes, the Catholics and faithful people had good morals, but there was no deeper explanation into that. Once again, I must mention that the book cover is not becoming the actual story and that I believe it should be changed.
I was amazed at how awful the government was and how it turned from our current government to the tyrannical one it became. It is scary to think that some of the same tactics used in Testing Liberty are also used in our own government and how they are reaching for more and more control each day. Testing Liberty is a book that needs to be read by the young adults and adults in our world, besides being a very enjoyable story!
Special thanks to Theresa Linden for sending me a complimentary copy of Testing Liberty for my unbiased review!
Things to Mention: One "b*****". Sid tries to take advantage of Liberty again and drug her but Liberty is once again saved before she could be drugged. There is some fighting. Descriptions of slaves being oppressed, hurt people, and other things like this. A few kisses with no details, except for one with a bit. A guy tries to sleep next to Liberty. Dr. Supero talk of wanting women physically. Some other minor things.
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