Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Sovereignty views a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future through the eyes of 18-year-old Goro. Perseverance propels him forward, even in the face of immense tragedy. With hope seemingly lost and life apparently pointless, redemption glimmers on the horizon when Goro and his friends are recruited into a grass-roots resistance movement. Determined to bring down the world government, they gain access to the key to accomplishing their goal. Loyalty, persistence, and fighting for freedom are the main themes of the book. Some of the unique and appealing aspects of this young adult fiction novel include: witty dialogue, futuristic elements from the 23rd century, and the fact that life data for each person is captured within an implanted micro-chip. The male protagonist, in contrast to the female protagonists in recent young adult science fiction such as The Hunger Games and Divergent, appeals to teenage boys as well as girls. The characters have diverse ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, to better represent typical young adult readers.
Goro is an 18 year old living in the 23 century. The world is now run by the Sovereign Regime, infants have microchips implanted in them. These chips remove the need for things like bank accounts and smart phones but they also have taken a person’s personal freedoms away by recording everything. Goro over hears a conversation that was secret and helps to lead him to start the revolution that he has desired. Now Goro is in a race against time because both the Regime and the resistance want the secret he overheard.
This is a great dystopian/post apocalyptic story. Technology has taken over humanity and the rules of the world have taken away war, murder and such just by using a microchip. Goro is a great character. He is strong, snarky, and has big heart yet can be tough when needed. There is a lot of action and lots of twists and turns as Goro tries to navigate his knowledge and desire to take down the regime.
This is a great story and one I recommend to those that like dystopian/post apocalyptic stories. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for other books by Anjenique Hughes.
I received Sovereignty for free from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
With master’s degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique “Jen” Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is “young at heart” is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.
Topic: Pain and Gain?
A few months ago, my Krav Maga instructor decided to take the class out to the fifth floor parking structure (Krav Maga is an Israeli form of military martial arts, to bring people up to speed).Wanted to “keep it real” he said. Sometimes he will crank up the heat in our training room, or he’ll flip the light off so it simulates our fighting in a dark, shady alley. We never know. Anyway, we were practicing escaping bear hugs on the oil slicked parking lot, and my partner- bless her heart- couldn’t lift me high enough, ending up dropping me face first onto the concrete! Instructor came running over and asked if I was okay; I popped up smiling- no problem.
Luckily, I was blessed with a very high tolerance for pain. In Krav, you get kicked, smacked in the head, choked out, you name it. My partner felt horrible dropping me that day, but hey, instructor says, “tough it out! Man up-” (even though I’m female). He has zero tolerance for those who are whiney or weak of heart. My partner followed up with, “perfect technique on your landing, girlfriend!” Which made me feel a little better…
In May, I was clocked hard in the nose with a rifle in Weapons class. Blood gushed from the cuts on my nose and the black eye that bloomed the following day, well let’s just say I looked like I had just lost a boxing match with The Rock. My nose ended up being broken, as well as my right eye suffering nerve damage. However, I took it all in stride, with instructor blaring, “Them are war wounds! You earn those badges of honor!”
Krav can leave you with some bumps and bruises, no doubt, but the point of these stories is: You can do anything you put your mind to, IF you persevere. Doesn’t matter what pain is endured, if you keep getting back up, you will win. In my book Sovereignty, Goro is confronted with multiple trials, some of which I would never want to force onto my worst enemy. However, in the face of adversity, against seemingly impossible odds, Goro perseveres. That is what I want my readers, my students, and myself to take away from this book. Oh, and there is also plenty of Krav Maga in Sovereignty! J
Thank you so much Jen. This sounds like some of my Krav Maga classes. My instructor keeps us on our toes. But what can you expect from someone that is teaching you to protect yourself and that is not always pretty.