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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 Liberty s motivation for putting into action the final sequences, hurtling the characters in 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 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 In the last few weeks I have read two of the novels and 3 published short stories by Theresa Linden I have been greatly impressed by her writing and world building In fact her writing reminds me of two of my all time favourite authors, Madeleine L Engle and Lois Lowry, both of whom won two Newberry awards, and I believe Linden s could as well If we were to do a direct comparison between L Engle and Linden then the Chasing Liberty Series would be the Kairos series and the West Brothers would b In the last few weeks I have read two of the novels and 3 published short stories by Theresa Linden I have been greatly impressed by her writing and world building In fact her writing reminds me of two of my all time favourite authors, Madeleine L Engle and Lois Lowry, both of whom won two Newberry awards, and I believe Linden s could as well If we were to do a direct comparison between L Engle and Linden then the Chasing Liberty Series would be the Kairos series and the West Brothers would be the Chronos series And in many ways Liberty reminds me of Meg Murry in many ways, but in a muchdystopian future And if we were to compare Chasing Liberty to Lois Lowry s writings it is much like The Giver, except with a clear cut Christian under pinning And from what I have read both series are wonderfully written In fact before I finished reading the first book by Linden I had purchased all her other books and slotted them into the top of my reading list In the first 6 months this year I have read 212 books, and Chasing Liberty is the best fiction book read so far this year But back to this specific book Liberty 554 dash 062466 dash 84 of Aldonia does not fit in She does not want to just hook up She wants a career that will be fulfilling She wants to use her hands, and she does not want to be a breeder After a chance discovery, and meeting a stranger Liberty s life is about to change forever Her whole life has been lived within a walled and fenced in city under the Regimen The Regimen tracks all that you do, from an implant to your phone they are always there Add to that the video surveillance The electronic check ins and the continuous monitoring and Liberty s deepest desire is something different.Liberty has been chosen to be a breeder she will crank out and care for babies and then move on to something else But she loves working with her hands She is incredible are fixing things And she loves working at the retirement facility especially working with and caring for the residents She meets a young boy from the Mosheh a secret group working to undermine the Regimen For rescuing those who would be disposed For helping some escape that would face reeducation And that is when Liberty s life really gets turned upside down.The greatest strengths of this book are the characters and the plot Linden has written some really engaging characters You cannot help but find yourself in Liberty s corner Both Dedrick and Liberty are very well written, and though I believe few will like him Dr Supero is also well written And with Dedrick and Liberty on one side and Supero and Chief Varden on the other this clash is going to be epic The plot races along in this book Warning do not start reading right before bed, your head might not see much of the pillow.This book reminds me of the old TV series, Logan s Run, mixed with a little Handmaids Tale but with very different religious angle , and as mentioned The Given and L Engle s writings This book was an amazing read I could barely put it down and devoured it in three sittings This should prove to be the beginning of an incredible series I recommend this book to any fans of L Engle, Lowry and anyone who just loves a great story Linden hit it out of the park and I look forward to readingin this series and her other works as well Read the review on my blog Book Reviews and More and soon reviews of other books by Theresa Linden Note This book is part of a series of reviews 2017 Catholic Reading Plan @Download ò Chasing Liberty Ä 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. This dystopian Catholic YA novel by Theresa Linden is the first book in her Liberty series for older teens This novel provides a fascinating look into a future world where religion has been eliminated What I love about this book is the concept that God would still reach us and communicate with us even if we had never been told about Him.The main character, Liberty, has grown up in a world void of families and faith But she has been guided through her life by an inner voice she refers to as he This dystopian Catholic YA novel by Theresa Linden is the first book in her Liberty series for older teens This novel provides a fascinating look into a future world where religion has been eliminated What I love about this book is the concept that God would still reach us and communicate with us even if we had never been told about Him.The main character, Liberty, has grown up in a world void of families and faith But she has been guided through her life by an inner voice she refers to as her friend Until she is given an opportunity to live outside this controlled environment, she wonders if this inner voice is something she has made up.Dystopian stories are always an interesting premise to think about I love the Christian viewpoint that goodness, love, and faith will continue no matter what we might face This is a wonderful read with plenty of discussion opportunities for older teens When each of us imagines a flourishing future society, I think it s safe to say that each of us may imagine something slightly different from the other The reason for the differences in our visions could stem from the fact that each of us values particular parts of society over others In Chasing Liberty, Theresa Linden shares a dystopian possibility of a future society with her readers that takes us knee deep into adventure.Chasing Liberty is told from the point of view of Liberty of Aldonia, When each of us imagines a flourishing future society, I think it s safe to say that each of us may imagine something slightly different from the other The reason for the differences in our visions could stem from the fact that each of us values particular parts of society over others In Chasing Liberty, Theresa Linden shares a dystopian possibility of a future society with her readers that takes us knee deep into adventure.Chasing Liberty is told from the point of view of Liberty of Aldonia, as well as an omniscient third person narrator Liberty is a young woman almost 20 when we meet her living under the Regimen Custodia Terra government On paper, the structure of Aldonia should result in a utopia However, as we learn through Liberty, a dystopia would be aapt description.The world Linden has created for Aldonia is easy to become completely absorbed in The government has their eyes, ears and hands everywhere with strict rules for their, what can only be called, captives to adhere to under threat of punishment The government makes every decision for its citizens from the color of eyes you ll be born with to the time you have outlived your usefulness in your elder years Next to nothing passes by in a citizens life that doesn t have the governments fingerprints all over it.When we meet Liberty, we are given a glimpse of her pre 20 year old life where she works at the Senior Living and Recreation Center She has a fondness for the elderly residents, particularly Abby Because there is no such thing as a family unit in Aldonia, Abby is the closest person in Liberty s life Abby is the person Liberty feels she can rely on like one might a parent Although they have to take care in what they discuss, Abby is the only person Liberty can discuss life with.At the outset of the book Liberty is lamenting over the huge change the government has ordered on her twentieth birthday when she ll be assigned to her permanent job as a Breeder Most that know of Liberty s new career are envious Those women who are picked for the breeding program are kept in the lap of luxury with amazing housing and facilities at their disposal However, Liberty doesn t want the job She wants to pick her own career something where she can tinker with tools and fix stuff as is her side job now.Her dislike of her upcoming career assignment along with several other events set off a series of events that will not only open Liberty s mind to the possibilities life can offer, but will change her world and the world of others forever.Chasing Liberty was very well written Linden paints a vivid a believable future world unlike any other with relatable characters, great imagery, and the ability to open the mind of the reader to possibilities not considered prior It was one of those books that, while perhaps not the quickest read, kept your attention and made you want to know what was going to happen next.I highly recommend Chasing Liberty to all my readers whether you like dystopian fiction or not I think you ll find yourself just as caught up in a world where paper, pen, and even writing are obsolete as I was In addition, I m pleased to hear that there will be a follow up book to this one that I can t wait to read.A Fae Chasing LibertyBy Theresa LindenWhen each of us imagines a flourishing future society, I think it s safe to say that each of us may imagine something slightly different from the other The reason for the differences in our visions could stem from the fact that each of us values particular parts of society over others In Chasing Liberty, Theresa Linden shares a dystopian possibility of a future society with her readers that takes us knee deep into adventure.Chasing Liberty is told from the point Chasing LibertyBy Theresa LindenWhen each of us imagines a flourishing future society, I think it s safe to say that each of us may imagine something slightly different from the other The reason for the differences in our visions could stem from the fact that each of us values particular parts of society over others In Chasing Liberty, Theresa Linden shares a dystopian possibility of a future society with her readers that takes us knee deep into adventure.Chasing Liberty is told from the point of view of Liberty of Aldonia, as well as an omniscient third person narrator Liberty is a young woman almost 20 when we meet her living under the Regimen Custodia Terra government On paper, the structure of Aldonia should result in a utopia However, as we learn through Liberty, a dystopia would be aapt description.The world Linden has created for Aldonia is easy to become completely absorbed in The government has their eyes, ears and hands everywhere with strict rules for their, what can only be called, captives to adhere to under threat of punishment The government makes every decision for its citizens from the color of eyes you ll be born with to the time you have outlived your usefulness in your elder years Next to nothing passes by in a citizens life that doesn t have the governments fingerprints all over it.When we meet Liberty, we are given a glimpse of her pre 20 year old life where she works at the Senior Living and Recreation Center She has a fondness for the elderly residents, particularly Abby Because there is no such thing as a family unit in Aldonia, Abby is the closest person in Liberty s life Abby is the person Liberty feels she can rely on like one might a parent Although they have to take care in what they discuss, Abby is the only person Liberty can discuss life with.At the outset of the book Liberty is lamenting over the huge change the government has ordered on her twentieth birthday when she ll be assigned to her permanent job as a Breeder Most that know of Liberty s new career are envious Those women who are picked for the breeding program are kept in the lap of luxury with amazing housing and facilities at their disposal However, Liberty doesn t want the job She wants to pick her own career something where she can tinker with tools and fix stuff as is her side job now.Her dislike of her upcoming career assignment along with several other events set off a series of events that will not only open Liberty s mind to the possibilities life can offer, but will change her world and the world of others forever.Chasing Liberty was very well written Linden paints a vivid a believable future world unlike any other with relatable characters, great imagery, and the ability to open the mind of the reader to possibilities not considered prior It was one of those books that, while perhaps not the quickest read, kept your attention and made you want to know what was going to happen next.I highly recommend Chasing Liberty to all my readers whether you like dystopian fiction or not I think you ll find yourself just as caught up in a world where paper, pen, and even writing are obsolete as I was In addition, I m pleased to hear that there will be a follow up book to this one that I can t wait to read.A Fae 4.5 of 5 HeartsIf you are looking for a dystopia book that you can get lost in from the beginning, look no further This book captivated me from the moment I started reading it It s a fast paced rollercoaster ride that leaves the reader on their toes as the story unfolds.Liberty had me holding my breath one moment and growling at her not to do what she was about to do the next There are so many twist and turns that the author has us going down as Liberty and Redrick defy the controlling govern 4.5 of 5 HeartsIf you are looking for a dystopia book that you can get lost in from the beginning, look no further This book captivated me from the moment I started reading it It s a fast paced rollercoaster ride that leaves the reader on their toes as the story unfolds.Liberty had me holding my breath one moment and growling at her not to do what she was about to do the next There are so many twist and turns that the author has us going down as Liberty and Redrick defy the controlling government.I really hope that Theresa has another book already started Liberty and Redrick s story is nowhere near over.I loved Author Theresa Linden s take on what they world could look like in the not so far away future With technology, growing how it is it is not hard to picture her book coming to life and being a future none of us is truly ready for The lead heroine in this book Liberty was completely relatable Liberty is a strong willed girl that does not want to accept the future someone else has picked out for her Knowing she is forced to leave everything she loves soon fulfill her vocation duty has Liberty ready to rebel The only problem is no one wants to hear her thoughts on not accepting the vocation that she has hand selected for by the government.Liberty is head strong and ready to take on the government if she just knew how to do it She does not realize there is an entire group of people ready to do the same thing until her life is in danger and Redrick swoops in to save her.Redrick is everything Liberty wants to be, he is strong willed, defies the government for the greater good, and knows that what they are doing is wrong The only problem is that he is not ready for Liberty I loved these two realizes that they had feeling for each other And that Author Theresa Linden did not have them jumping in bed together She kept both of her leads to themselves Liberty was not ready for that step to happen and Redrick has a destiny to fill right alongside her.And to throw a huge kink into Liberty s future is a doctor who is absolutely obsessed with her and starts digging around to find her and prove that she is a bad seed that must be stopped He will not let it go that he knows Liberty is up to something and must prove to everyone that he is right Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden is a futuristic look at what our culture might become if we keep on the same trajectory as we are presently heading Though I dearly hopes we have enough sense and compassion to avoid such a catastrophe, I can connect the dots which drew the picture Linden is pointing to As in the books, 1984 and Brave New World, where the authors pointed to an extreme version of the worst elements in society, the danger is real, even if only in part Such authors speak to us t Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden is a futuristic look at what our culture might become if we keep on the same trajectory as we are presently heading Though I dearly hopes we have enough sense and compassion to avoid such a catastrophe, I can connect the dots which drew the picture Linden is pointing to As in the books, 1984 and Brave New World, where the authors pointed to an extreme version of the worst elements in society, the danger is real, even if only in part Such authors speak to us through fiction and remind us of an important truth about ourselves In this case, humanity needs families to be fully human Liberty is a young girl brought up in Aldonia, who never knew her mother or father as that was deemed unnecessary in Aldonian society When she is sent to a breeder facility for her vocation, she should have been honored but she was horrified When the chance for escape is offered, she takes it though she risks her life and sanity by doing so When she meets real families in an underground community, she finally begins to understand a part of herself that has long puzzled her The book ends on a cliff hanger so be prepared to wantto learn how to face defeat and yet rise again Under the rule of the Regimen in futuristic Aldonia, life and love are separated God and family are eradicated Freedom and privacy are non existent Or are they While the Regimen Custodia Terra has preserved Mother Earth, saving it from the pox of humanity, it has rationed life and personal freedom, creating a morally bankrupt but compliant society For Liberty, born of a breeder and raised in age appropriate governmental facilities, even that cannot extinguish the spark of life within her By Under the rule of the Regimen in futuristic Aldonia, life and love are separated God and family are eradicated Freedom and privacy are non existent Or are they While the Regimen Custodia Terra has preserved Mother Earth, saving it from the pox of humanity, it has rationed life and personal freedom, creating a morally bankrupt but compliant society For Liberty, born of a breeder and raised in age appropriate governmental facilities, even that cannot extinguish the spark of life within her By preserving her innocence, privacy, and creativity to the extent allowed, she is able to hear the still, small voice in her heart the voice she recognizes as her Friend.The truths that are written on her heart lead her to trust a mysterious stranger who saves her from both physical danger and a life of utilitarian drudgery For all the effort of the Unity Troops, the Regimen cannot completely quell love and the sacrifices it demands.Liberty takes the reader on a wild ride through her escape, her first experiences of sacrificial love, God, and community, and her risky return to Aldonia, where recapture means re education.Theresa Linden delivers a strong, determined heroine guided by convictions and a virtuous hero, who can treat Liberty with gentleness and compassion in one moment and kick some Regimen butt in the next.The author creates a realistic vision of a future in which politically correct, secular, and environmental ideals are taken to the extreme She paints a physical world so real the reader feels with Liberty her yearning to live free in the natural beauty that has always been kept out of reach.The ending all but begs for a sequel one I look forward to reading I received an advance reader copy for an honest review The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild 4.5 stars for a story so compelling, I had to finish it even though it was not a pleasant experience I ve never liked the dystopian genre, but this one is so suspenseful and feels so real, it was like watching a bad accident happening I couldn t NOT watch, though my heart was in my throat If you like dystopian, you ll love this book, but be forewarned it ends on a cliffhanger so you ll want to read the next one I love how family and faith are so pivotal in this story and how horrible life be 4.5 stars for a story so compelling, I had to finish it even though it was not a pleasant experience I ve never liked the dystopian genre, but this one is so suspenseful and feels so real, it was like watching a bad accident happening I couldn t NOT watch, though my heart was in my throat If you like dystopian, you ll love this book, but be forewarned it ends on a cliffhanger so you ll want to read the next one I love how family and faith are so pivotal in this story and how horrible life becomes without them