Giveaway, Excerpt & Review | The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept #1) by Julia Keller
Welcome to Mother/Gamer/Writer for The Dark Intercept Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy my review of this mind-bending science fiction novel, an excerpt from the book, and enter for your chance to win a prize pack!
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller
Series: The Dark Intercept #1
Published by: Tor Teen on October 31st 2017
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: ARC From Publisher, Blog Tour
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
First off, I’d like to say that I almost lost hope with The Dark Intercept. The beginning of the novel was a rather daunting task, and I felt myself slipping and wanting to read something else. However, once I hit the midpoint and started getting into the action, and finally started getting some of my questions answered I became intrigued. So much so that I could not put it down.
The Dark Intercept has a compelling premise: emotions that can be used as weapons. How could this even happen you ask? Well, take a dying earth, add some really smart people who want to help the population be its best self, and combine that with technology that does exactly what it’s supposed to do: track your emotions tied to your best and worst memories and use them against you. In theory, it seems completely plausible. If a person feared reliving a crippling emotion at any time, then they would, in turn, live better. However, with all technology comes a heavy price and in The Dark Intercept, we learn just what that price is and how it can change the life/personality of even the strongest individual.
I am not going to say this is a book that makes you love its characters because it doesn’t. I would describe it more as a book that makes you think about life, consequences, right and wrong, and doing what’s necessary to survive. In all honesty, I believe that is what kept me interested. Seeing how the characters came to be the people they were and the memories that drove them to act a certain way, kept me enthralled. There is a lot of gray in The Dark Intercept. The lines between good and evil and right and wrong are so blurred it makes you question your own way of thinking. No one wants to be controlled, and ultimately that’s what the book is about — who has the right to control another person. And these are the books I enjoy the most, ones that want you to question your own sanity and morals. Sometimes, as seen in the novel, compassion and mercy are more admirable qualities than just being right and seeking justice.
While I won’t say The Dark Intercept will appeal to everyone, I will admit for those that don’t mind slow starts and quickly wrapped up endings, will enjoy its overall concept and theme. It will make you think, it will make you question your own thoughts and feelings, and it will definitely make you wonder could something as simple as a happy or sad emotion be turned against you.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
Giveaway Open International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
3 Winners will receive The Dark Intercept Swag (Tote Bag, Notebook, and Copy) by Julia Keller.