Once I got started, it didn’t take me long to finish it, either. If you’re looking for characters you can love, love to hate, or hate to pity… you’ll find them in Chasing Liberty.
Here’s what it’s about:
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.
I love how Linden handles the suspense in this one. She knows how to end a chapter, that’s for sure. She also has a good hand with the dramatic irony, which uses the two points of view (first-person Liberty vs. 3rd person subjective with the bad guy) to play off of each other, one cranking up the tension on the other in one scene, and then vice-versa in the next. Another thing the author handled well was the Liberty’s motivation for putting into action the final sequences, hurtling the characters into their point-of-no-return. I was not left wanting for why things were happening, but neither were things ever dragged out. The conflicts were clear and engaging. The numerous characters were so clearly drawn that I never felt there were too many, which is a hard thing to manage. Kudos to Theresa Linden for Chasing Liberty. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!
I’ve asked Theresa for an interview here, so check back for that. In the meantime, go buy her book and you’ll be in for a rip-roaring thrill ride that will rip out your heart and stomp on it!
Today’s second book is The Virtuous Jane Austen: Short Reflections on Character by Rhonda Ortiz.
What a charming little book! Yet it’s still a bargain at 99 cents. Why? Because it offers something sweet but new. I’ve seen Austen often discussed as a writer of manners, but when seen as a writer illuminating virtue, Austen’s work takes on greater life, depth, and import. Well done! Come back next week when author Rhonda Ortiz shares her own story about character building… through NFP? It’ll make sense next week.
What’s on your summer reading list?