She must escape and repair the damage she’s done.
Liberty 554-062466-84 of Aldonia bides her time in a tiny cell, plotting her escape from the re-educational facility. Her crime: not accepting her government-assigned vocation. But the punishment extends to more than just herself. The once-secret colony that offered her freedom has been exposed and its members placed in government facilities for re-education and integration into society.
Dedrick, a member of the Mosheh, a secret group that opposes the government, grieves for his family who are now residents of the government’s facilities. Although he has promised obedience to the Mosheh, when he learns of Liberty’s escape from re-education and how she’s fallen into the wrong hands, he finds himself compelled to rescue her and pursues it without permission.
Now free, Liberty wants to rescue the colonists from the three separate facilities that hold the children, teens, and adults. But she must avoid her pursuers, and Dedrick seems reluctant to work with her.
Set in the not-so-distant future, Testing Liberty is book two in the young adult Liberty trilogy. Moving from one trial to another, this story follows Liberty to her final sacrifice as she learns that true freedom is within, cannot be taken away, and is worth fighting for.
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Testing Liberty is a fast-paced adventure you won’t want to put down. Desperate to rectify her mistakes, Liberty sets out to free the Maxwell colonists imprisoned by the Aldonian Regimen. The risky rescue missions test Liberty’s strength, faith, and commitment to both her own ideals and the underground group the Mosheh. Dogged by her relentless enemy Dr. Supero and his minions, Liberty needs all her wits and skills to keep from being returned to the Re-Education Facility. Through it all she’ll open her heart to freedom, family, the seeds of true faith, and possibly Dedrick - her rescuer, ally, and perhaps the one person who can truly show her what it means to be part of a family. Chasing Liberty and Testing Liberty have made me a fan of dystopian fiction. Smart, suspenseful, and well-written, these gems will have you eagerly awaiting the final book in the series!
I loved Chasing Liberty, but in Testing Liberty, Linden really ups the ante. It was like in Chasing we got to see the veneer of Aldonia's oppressive deep green culture scraped painfully off, and then in Testing, we dive down deep, deeper into the hearts and lives threatened, destroyed, and changed for good or ill by the conflict between the Regimen's culture and the inner drive for freedom and independence that some of the colonists live out for themselves... and are getting ready to share with Aldonia on a wider and far more risky basis. Usually the middle installment in a trilogy is the most difficult to keep spinning on a lively axis, but Linden turns that idea on its head and somehow makes Testing even more heart-rending and engaging than its predecessor.