Friday, November 3, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller @DarkIntercept @JeanBookNerd


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.


“The Dark Intercept grabbed me from the first page and shook me until the last. A riveting and suspenseful story of love, risk, and betrayal.” —EMMY LAYBOURNE, author of Berserker, Sweet, and the Monument 14 trilogy

“A chilling and thought-provoking look at the power of weaponized emotion.” —MELISSA LANDERS, author of the Alienated trilogy and Starflight

“Both cautionary and hopeful—a rare, literary feat.” —GENNIFER ALBIN, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel Worldtrilogy

“A stormy, spine-tingling ride in which everything remembered and once felt in your life can be used against you.” —BLUE BALLIETT, author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game

“The Dark Intercept goes straight to the heart of why privacy matters in today's world. Keller has written an accessible coming-of-age adventure where the teenage protagonist comes to understand the consequences of living in a society that monitors everyone's emotions, including her own.” —MICHAEL C. ROBINSON, Chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee's Privacy Subcommittee

“Julia Keller writes so viscerally that she takes the readers with her into the worlds she has created. The Intercept is a fascinating springboard which she uses to explore the importance of feelings, and how they affect our lives and choices.” —BETSY FRASER, Selector, Calgary Public Library (Alberta, Canada), and 2016 YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award-winner

My Review:

Violet Crowley is the sixteen year old daughter of the President of New Earth. Many years ago her father founded New Earth as Old Earth was being destroyed by the people and the crime rate was just getting worse and worse.

After creating New Earth Violet’s father came by the knowledge that someone had invented what they called the Intercept. The Intercept was a program that allowed the government to take everyone’s emotions and use them to control crime and to control the people if they needed too.

Violet really didn’t like that someone knew about and recorded all of her emotions but it is all she knows. But she is starting to wake and start asking questions about the Intercept.

A guy that she works with and is in love with Danny has something that he is hiding and Violet wants to know what he is hiding. When she tries to ask Danny about what he is up to he won’t tell her all he ever says is trust me. The not knowing bugs Violet so bad that she decides to investigate what Danny is up to and just may get herself in a whole heap of trouble.

When I read the summary for The Dark Intercept I knew I had to read it. A device that can monitor, record and provoke people’s emotions I had to know how that was possible and how it worked. I really, really love dystopian books and couldn’t wait to read this one. I loved the whole idea of the intercept but I would not like someone having any kind of control over me like that or could actually do something like that to someone. But I did enjoy the story very much.

I really liked Violet she seemed like someone with a lot of compassion for others. I connected with Violet on more levels than one. I could relate to how she felt and how she handled certain things.

I would recommend The Dark Intercept to anyone who likes a good dystopian/science fiction story. The idea or concept of the story is brilliant and I can’t wait to read more about Violet and Danny’s adventures in the next book. 


Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013); Back Home; and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

Photo Credit: Elaine Phillips


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 3 Winners will receive a The Dark Intercept Swag (Tote Bag, Notebook and Copy) by Julia Keller.