About the Book
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Upper Middle Grade, Pre-Teen, Teen, YA Christian Fiction Dystopian
Release date: December 15, 2022
In a world without books, schools, churches, and parents, how can teens and pre-teens find each other and work to bring back a world like the world before? Ever watchful, this group of friends meet in an underground cavern in the mountains of Virginia. Rumors of spies, enemy soldiers, and the possibility of finding their parents, keep these friends searching to make a better life for everyone.
In Book 1, The Secret Society, the original four members of the group discover others who, like them, have lost their parents and older siblings. These friends bond together and form a strong new family. Together, they discover new documents, clues, and tools to assist in their adventures. In the hope of someday finding others who can help establish a new settlement, they study, plan, and make discoveries that will propel them forward in their journey. Are others hiding from the World Force Soldiers? They are determined to find the answer.
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Overton has created an entertaining novel for young readers as well as a sobering one for adults. I loved to read as a child but I know that is not the case with most children now. This novel really points out the value of books and what life would be like of they were taken away. Young readers will be reminded what we can learn from books and that there are certain books and documents we should know well.
The heroes in this novel are kids. I like the distinct personalities Overton has given them. What can the kids possibly do to survive, thrive and maybe even change the oppressive condition they have found themselves in? As one of them says, “We're just a bunch of kids.” Parents and older siblings gone, they are on their own. Can they learn to work together? Can they recover the vital knowledge stolen when the oppressive government took over? The possibilities before the kids might just inspire young readers of today.
This is a thought provoking novel for youth. It is obviously the first in a series as there is no suitable conclusion at the end. I will be looking for the sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
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This book came from my concern about children and teens not being able to read many of the classic books we cherish. My concern that many children and teens do not value reading, our faith, and our freedoms, is the reason for the book being a dystopian story. In this new world, there are no books, school, or churches.
Here is the intro:
The world was not ready for what happened. And in the mountains and valleys of Virginia, a group of young friends wondered what to do in this different world. Their parents and older siblings were taken away, or “disappeared,” and have not been seen since that fateful day. Schools were destroyed, churches burned, and books banned. There was no fuel or electricity available for the anyone. Cars and other vehicles no longer worked and were found abandoned beside the roads rusting and in disrepair. Only the World Force military had fuel and vehicles.
The discovery of books, documents, tools, clues, and other teens hiding in the countryside, brought hope to group of friends who met daily deep in the cavern. Follow their journey of hope and adventure through the series: The Underground Book Readers.
And what do teens do when their world has changed and there are no parents or other friendly adults? They find each other, find forbidden books such as Huckleberry Finn and the Bible, hide in a cavern, read, study, and plan for a better world.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
Thank you for the review.
I think the girls at my church library would love this book. I love finding new YA authors for them.
Whew, this sounds interesting! I can't imagine a world without books.
This looks like a great book to read with my son!
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