Author: Laura Bynum
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Harper Adams lives in what used to be the United States, in a state called the Confederation of the Willing. She is a Monitor, a person who can read other people’s feelings. Like all other members of the Confederation of the Willing, Harper has been implanted with a slate, which is programmed to report her (and perhapse execute her) if she utters one of the Red Listed words. Words like courage, freedom – Harper doesn’t even know what they mean because they have been banned by the government. When the resistance contacts Harper, she is frightened by what she might lose if she helps them, but begins to realize she has to take action in order to protect her daughter’s future.
I haven’t read many adult dystopian novels recently, so I was excited to pick up Veracity by Laura Bynum. In this book, Bynum creates a chilling world that results from a worldwide sickness that drastically reduces the human population.
Bynum’s worldbuilding in Veracity is very competent. She does a great job balancing between delivering information and holding enough back to keep the reader interested. However, at the end, I was still left with some questions, and since this is a standalone novel, they won’t be answered in future installments unless Bynum decides to write a sequel.
In order to fully flesh out the events that led up to Harper joining the resistance, Bynum uses the flash back technique, jumping in time in order to tell the full story. It is effectively done, as telling the story in sequence wouldn’t have been nearly as suspenseful, but it does get confusing. Bynum does provide dates at the beginning of each chapter to help keep things straight, but it still is difficult at times.
I have to admit, I didn’t love the main character, Harper. While I understood what drove her and appreciated her motivations, she seemed a little too concerned with herself for me to really like her. Rather than trying to contribute, it seemed like she just kept feeling sorry for herself and overwhelmed by what she had to do. As a result, it was difficult to have sympathy for her, even when the overall story was compelling.
Veracity had an interesting story, and I really liked the resistance part of the plotline. Though the fact that it is a standalone is refreshing, I would love to see a sequel that deals with the aftereffects of the story’s ending. While Harper wasn’t my favorite aspect of the novel, overall it was an interesting take on a dystopian future that fans of the genre should consider picking up.