The Apostates by Lars Teeney

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New Megiddo has been born out of the ashes of America, an America that has sacrificed liberty for security. Ravaged by environmental disaster and shuttered off from the rest of the world by border fortress walls, and the strict dogma of spiritual leader, The Reverend Wilhelm Wainwright, the people take small comfort from the sermons the Reverend delivers straight to the people’s minds via the [Virtue-Net]. However, the President John W. Schrubb Administration has been losing its grip on power. Murmurs and rumors of a resistance group of Apostates emanate from “Database” dens in the slums, financed by a mysterious source, are said to be scheming to free the people. Will the Apostates strike in time before the Born Again Gathering ushers in a state-induced Armageddon?

The world building here is beyond impressive and does an amazing job of bringing the desolation of this brave new world to life. The setting echos Orwell’s concept of Big Brother though he is delivered via Virtue-Net instead of TV screens, a possibility that’s all too plausible given today’s technological advancements. The ‘Database” news feeds addiction was a very cool twist. In a world where life is stagnant, ‘base’ is the only escape for illicit information. It’s like their version of meth. The originality, strong character development, and unpredictable plot make this make this possibly the best sci-fi book I’ve read this year.

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I am a former journalist with a major daily newspaper and now am a full-time Indie book reviewer. I love to write, read, drink good wine, and take short naps in front of my fireplace here in the North Carolina mountains.
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