In Sovereignty, Goro lives under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world government, known as the Sovereign Regime (SR). The SR’s control is made possible by the 1 Zettabyte identity chip that every human being has implanted in their right wrist, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced. No more bank accounts. No more smart phones. No more secrets.
What Goro doesn’t know is that he has covert intel in his possession that the sinister ruler of the SR and the resistance movement are both desperate to acquire. When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information between his father and SR mercenaries, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties. In his own words, Goro sums up his situation: “I used to think I knew all the answers; now I no longer even know the questions.” Determined to bring down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to accomplishing their goal, ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
Who will get to Goro first: the resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
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I could hear my buddy Alex jogging up to me, where I was still standing in front of the Hall. He caught my arm, “Dude, slow down.” Funny how some vernacular never changes over centuries.
“Ya know Alex, if there is any one thing that I have learned over the years, it is that human nature never changes.”
“How’s that? Look let’s get out of here before we’re hit up with some loitering infraction.” Alex shifted his eyes from side to side, panning our surroundings, catching sight of the nearby SR soldiers. “Here, over here,” he led me to a little dive a block down the street that was falling apart, of course. Sort of like my life. We shuffled inside and took a seat in a dingy back booth before checking to see if it was covered by any cameras. It didn’t look like it, but I was more worried about the camera’s internal microphone anyway.
“Ugh, gross,” I grimaced, as I ran my forefinger across the table top. “This probably hasn’t been wiped down since the War.” I looked down at my hands. “Stephanie should have gotten that award,” I said through gritted teeth after a pause. “But that jerk gave it to his daughter just because he could. Just because Stephanie isn’t some hotshot’s kid doesn’t mean she didn’t deserve it. She had way better marks than that other total waste of time.”
“Whoa, simmer down bro,” Alex patted my bicep. He was so touchy feely.
I noticed two SR mercenaries sitting at a table drinking (beer?) near the front, their rifles pointed outward and lying on their laps. Most alcohol was illegal, but who knows. The SR are usually above the law. Must be nice, evoking fear all the time, I thought. The so called waiter came over to our table and hovered, as there were very few other customers in the joint. I say so-called because he looked more like a dock worker than a server.
He grunted at us. Alex and I just stared at him, Alex peering at him from out of the corners of his eyes before he said, “Two neerbeers…please.” Neerbeer is the non-alcohol that most people my age drink in these types of places. The waiter half-heartedly held up his scanner and we held out our wrists to be scanned.
He started to shuffle off when Alex stopped him by grabbing a corner of his grimy apron. “Yo, how much pardner for the crappy fake beer?”
“Twenty credits each,” he answered in what sounded like a mouth full of gravel before yanking himself free and moving off.
“Twenty credits?!” Alex’s eyes bugged out of his head. “What is this world coming to?”
He shook his head in amazement.
“We need to get rid of the SR,” I threw out to Alex as if talking about the weather, changing the subject. “I’m actually serious,” I answered his stunned expression.
He stared at me hard for a second. “Hah!” he scoffed. “Uh yeah, I’ll get right on that.”
“Look, I am frickin’ sick and tired of this oppression. I’m not doing this anymore,” I said quietly. “I mean, why do all whites have to live in the BackLands? Even though it lists my ethnicity as Caucasian on my chip, I am actually half Russian and half Arabian. I am not cool with segregation!!” I stopped to let my venting simmer, but something else came to mind.
“Remember when my mom went into labor with my little brother? She bout didn’t make it inside the Hall of Dispensary in time, because the acrimonious SR guards bitched about her not having the proper clearance to deliver him. He was almost born out on the curb! If she’d been refused admittance and something had gone wrong….You know what happens to deceased babies.” I didn’t want to mentally vacation in that past incident. My family doesn’t ever bring it up. Alex just lowered his eyes.
“I know; you’re preaching to the choir, man.” I could tell his mind was absent as he tapped the table, as was his habit. “The rap sheet of SR brutality is absurd, but do they get slapped with infractions? Psshh.”
“This is no way to live. I’m done.” I stabbed the table with my forefinger on the last few words. He looked up at me, the wheels churning as he decided how he was going to answer me.
“And last night? You don’t even wanna know, man.” I stared back at him, a challenging look in my eyes, until he squirmed a bit in his seat.
“Goro, not possible,” he finally offered me. He thought I had bought the farm. “That is a very simplistic, generally thrown together idea that is completely unrealistic. However, I applaud you.” He raised his fist in triumph at me.
“All we need to do is be recruited by the SR, infiltrate the dominion, and find a weakness. They have to have at least one,” I ignored his objections and instincts had me look past his shoulder at the two SR mercenaries to make sure no one was eaves dropping. “You know those fake ass recruitment plugs they always add to the end of Sunday night announcements? We’d be shoo-ins.”
“We?” Alex queried, “Whose this ‘we’ stuff? I do not want to be recruited by the SR, least of all on a volunteer basis. Are you out of your mind? Besides, the age of conscription has passed already,” he said, his mouth barely moving.
Everyone in the world has to convene around the family viewing panel every Sunday night at 8 pm, in whatever time zone they live in, and watch as the Sovereign Regime’s administration bores us to tears with the SR news of the week. Then they BS about how they are making the world a better place, always ending the mandatory half-hour public announcement with some shameless, beefed up SR recruitment commercial. I felt empowered with my idea.
“Abraham Lincoln said ‘Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?’” I remarked, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way, mom always says.”
“Yeah, well, John F. Kennedy said ‘Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth,’” Alex countered.
“We wouldn’t be conforming….haven’t you seen any old spy movies from the Hall of Digital Archives?” I grilled him. “Good one, though,” I congratulated his comeback.
“The crappy ones, yeah, but they monitor and censor the hell out of everything, you know that.”
He frowned and paused for a minute before starting back up again.
“Dude, I would rather have dental surgery than go deep under as a mole for the SR,” Alex said pointedly under his breath. “I don’t even want to have this conversation.” He tried to look casual as he glanced around before returning to me. “You’re not even listening.”
I thought about his response for a second, “Dental surgery is not that far off with their brain washing technology,” I said, “You know what they say, be careful what you wish for…” I smiled. Alex just snorted, shaking his head.
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In the 23rd century the world is a very different place. The population has dropped from 9 billion to 3 billion and the whole planet is controlled by one government. There are no cell phones or personal computers and everyone has a chip inserted into their arm so the government knows where they are at all times. People work at jobs assigned to them by the powers that be and if anyone breaks a law in this new world, it is dealt with harshly. There is no more religion or personal choice, there is just the Sovereign Regime or SR. Many of the world’s young people aren’t happy with this way of life but it seems pointless to resist the SR’s will since they know your every move. Eighteen year old Goro and his friends Alex and Cory have found small ways to annoy the SR, such as a wristband to block their control chip’s powers and setting off explosives in a park. Their actions bring them to the attention of a small grass-roots organization with the goal of over throwing the SR. The odds are against them but with their old lives a distant memory, Goro and his friends do what needs to be done to make life better. Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes is a YA novel set in a post-apocalyptic future with themes of loyalty, friendship and the importance of freedom. The story is told in a fast paced manner from Goro’s point of view. Each chapter begins with a historical quote and then gets into a short history of how we got to where we are in the 23rd century. The idea of telling the history behind the story in small segments rather than having a couple of chapters devoted to setting up the story was a great idea. Anjenique Hughes knows her audience and you never get a chance to get bored with this book as it gives a history lesson, throws in some action and gives you characters that you can relate to. This brings me to my favorite part of the book which are the characters. All of the characters come across as someone you might meet in real life complete with flaws and a good side. Take Goro for instance, he comes across like a normal teenager with a big ego and issues with authority. He is the hero of the story but he is complex because he creates a lot of his own problems. He hates the SR and wants to rebel but some of the actions he takes hurts his family and friends as much as it hurts him, though in his mind he’s always doing what’s right. There is a point where Goro’s father finds out some horrible secrets of the SR. Goro finds out and his actions leads his family to greater danger with some drastic consequences. Even when Goro joins the resistance he still has problems with authority and questions their leadership. Even Goro’s friends complain about how he was acting. What I liked about this was it seemed like normal behavior for most teenagers. Goro has a good heart but his ego and attitude still make life harder for the people around him. Goro is a shade of grey and in the real world people have a good and bad side to them so Goro comes across as realistic. Sovereignty is an excellent read for a YA audience or an adult audience. While reading this book I found myself comparing the SR regime to other governments throughout history, there are parallels to the Nazis and any dictatorship that has ever been. Even in the future history is always repeating itself with a crooked government rising to power and a rebel force attempting to bring them down. This is one entertaining thrill ride and the first book in a series, do yourself a favor and check
Goro never realized how far his teenage rebellious streak would take him in standing up against the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century's world government, the Sovereign Regime (SR). And in Anjenique Hughes's break-out novel Sovereignty, Goro is put up against a multitude of hurdles and road blocks. It's a little slow at first, and like many first novels could benefit with some tightening for sentence structure and flow, but that doesn't stop the enjoyment. The novel picks up speed quickly when Goro ventures to his father's work during one of this deliveries, becoming a fast-paced thrill ride with revenge for personal and societal wrongs as a driving force. Reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, The Giver, and Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Sovereignty is a page turner that fans of YA dystopian fiction will love. What's more, there's clearly a sequel on the way!
Note: I rated this book a 3.5 but due to the rating system, bumped it to a 4. I have been on a dystopian kick lately and when I saw the cover of this book – I knew it would be right up my alley. Sadly to report, it wasn’t as great as I expected. I’m struggling with what to rate this book because it wasn’t that I didn’t dislike it, but it did not live up to my expectations. At all. It was incredibly slow and I just about gave up on the entire book until something big happened. It was then that emotions kicked in and I had to know how this trauma was going to be rectified. The story line picked up a little bit from there which definitely bumped up the rating, but I still struggled with how the book was actually written. Like I said earlier, it wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. It isn’t a book I would let my 10 year old read – I would definitely recommend for the “older” young adult crowd. There is violence and there is rebellion (which I need no more of from my pre-teen!!) If you are a fan of dystopian stories, and modern day “lingo”; this could very well be the book for you! Disclosure: I received a free ebook in exchange for my review.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was well thought out and imaginative. In the beginning it moved a little slow for me but it quickly picked up and got interesting very quickly. There were unexpected twists around every corner. It was action-packed and held my attention and kept me interested. There was never a dull moment. I loved how every chapter started with a quote. They went very well with each chapter and they were some great quotes from some fantastic people. The characters were very diverse. I loved their unique names. In the beginning of the book some of their lingo was a little silly for me but it calmed down pretty much by the middle of the book. It was interesting reading a book from a guy's point of view. The entire story was told from the main character's point of view. It was a nice change of pace for me reading a book from one guy's point of view. So many books that I have read lately have had alternate point of views. You don't feel like you are missing out on anything by only getting Goro's point of view for the whole story. It was done very well. Goro was sarcastic, funny, caring, and strong, a little bit ornery but strong when he needed to be. This book is not by any means a romance, but you get a little hint of it in the story. For the most part this book is tragic, its about survival in a world full of chaos. It's about hope and taking back personal freedom. There were some happy and funny moments, so it's not all grim. It is a story where you will fight for the underdog. It will have you cheering them along and feeling like you are right there with them. I feel that there is still more to the story and I have some ideas about some things that are going on in the end. I am interested to read the next book in the series and hopefully see if I was right or not. It will be very interesting to see where the story goes from here. I have a feeling there is plenty more excitement and shocking moments to come. I can't wait for the next one! *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sovereignty is an Young Adult dystopian novel by the author Anjenique Hughes. This novel centers around the character named by Goro in the 23rd century. The world is under a totalitarian reign what is called the Sovereign Regime. There is no freedom and no way to get away from the government. Each person who makes it to 3 days old is implanted with a chip that controls there entire life. This chip records everything. Goro ends up hearing sensitive information which makes him confront the truth about the world and the government. His dream is to start a revolution and this information he hears quickly puts his plan into high gear. The information he has he was able to convert which both the Sovereign regime and resistance are desperate to acquire. Who will get to Goro first? Will it be the resistance and the Sovereign Regime? Sovereignty is written very well. The reader will be pulled into the 23rd century. This book was difficult to put down. It was thrilling and full of adventure. Each chapter of the book starts with a quote by well known people that fits perfectly with the chapter. Some of the people include Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, George Orwell and Mathatma Gandhi. This book does include foul language. This does include using the Lord's name in vain. It also uses words like h*. There is of course violence. I do recommend this book for those who love Dystopian books no matter the age. I give this book four out of the five starts. I received this book from iRead book tours for an honest review.