About the Book
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Middle grade, pre-teen, teen dystopian
Release date: March 1, 2023
In the second book of The Underground Book Readers, Leena, Kahn, Casey, Jairus, Asher, and Conroy face unpredicted challenges. The World Force tightens its grip on the remaining teens and children of the Blue Ridge Mountains area. Increased patrols and drones are seen nearly every day as they visit their underground cavern to read forbidden books and study the Bible. The Underground Book Readers attempt to find out the identity and purpose of a new threatening group seen on a nearby mountain while they continue to work on an escape tunnel. But they soon discover there is more under Leena’s house than a cellar. The underground group design a spy mission to the other mountain. Questions remain about possible escapees who left to find a free territory in what used to be called the United States in the world before.
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This is a good continuation of a dystopian series for young readers set somewhere around 2031. While it is book two, there is enough back story that it can be read on its own. Overton explores a number of important issues in this novel. One is the important information contained in books that have been banned by invading forces. The young people learn from reading Thomas Paine that, if something is wrong and it is ignored, it gives a false sense of being right. Soon people assume it is okay. Wise words for adults as well as kids.
Each of these young people has expertise in a particular area and it is interesting to see them share responsibilities as they value the various abilities. Leena is an expert gardener, for example and Conroy has good experience in fishing and spying. They are also quick to take in those who are needy.
This group of young people is challenged to do what adults failed to accomplish. They need to outsmart the oppressive World Force with its advanced technology and superior power. We are left wondering what is in their future so I will be looking for the next in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the first book in this series, The Secret Society.
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The series was motivated by discussions with local community and school librarians who expressed frustration with their inability to order and display classic books, and newer conservative or Christian based books, in their own libraries. The series reflects what is currently seen in many news stories where parents are outraged by the books their own children are being shown in schools. This Christian dystopian book series, written for middle grade readers and up, is an attempt to remind children of the blessings of books and of the Bible. In addition, several historic documents and time periods are discussed. It is my hope that introducing these topics in this way will pique curiosity of young readers who may not have had the opportunity to study these documents and events.
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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.)