Friday, May 24, 2019

Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Resistance Series by Tracy Lawson @TracySLawson @SDSXXTours

Resistance Series Book 1
by Tracy Lawson
Genre: YA Dystopian Adventure

Who do you trust when your world unravels and everything you believed is a lie?

For the past fifteen years, The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism. Teenagers Tommy and Careen have never known life without Civilian Restrictions. For them, there's no social media. No one is allowed to gather in public places or attend concerts or sporting events. Only a small, select group of adults have driving privileges, but it's a small price to pay for safety.

Now a new, more deadly, terrorist threat looms: airborne chemical weapons that can be activated without warning. The OCSD is ready with an antidote to counteract the effects of the toxins. Three drops a day is all it takes. It's a small price to pay for health.

The day the disaster sirens signal the dreaded attack, Tommy shares his last dose with Careen, even though doing so might hasten his death. It's a small price to pay for a friend.Follow Tommy and Careen as they uncover a web of lies and deceit reaching to the highest levels of the United States government and join an underground resistance group that's determined to expose the truth.

"Counteract is a novel for our times, but with a decidedly different plot twist. Most dystopian thrillers focus on the devastating consequences of the unleashed virus or poison on society, community, and the individual. They become character studies of the protagonists and antagonists.

"Tracy Lawson's novel asks an even more disturbing question--what if the real culprit was someone or something we trusted? I thought The Hunger Games might be the Millennial generation's version of George Orwell's 1984. Now, I think Counteract and the Resistance Series are more primed to take that spot."--SR Staley, author of St. Nic, Inc., and the Tortuga Bay series.

When I picked up Counteract I thought I will only read a little bit just enough to find out what is going on in Careen’s world and to meet Tommy. But I was not able to do that; no once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I kept telling myself that I would read just a little bit more but the next thing I knew I had turned the last page.

Counteract opens with everyone being giving an antidote to save them from the terrorist attacks. They were told that they had to take the antidote every day or they would die. But it turned out that this antidote may not be what they were told it was. This drug left most people dazed and lifeless doing whatever they were told by the government.

Careen and Tommy find out by accident what the drug is really is and how it truly affects everyone. After learning about the drug and figuring out that the government was probably behind the drug and only wanting to control people and keep them in line and use them as puppets on a string but for what they do not know. Are they being attacked by terrorist? Or is this just a way for the government to control the people?

Counteract starts out with action on the first page and doesn’t let up until the last page. There is so much action with the government trying to take over the people and making sure everyone took their daily doses, the government watching every aspect of their daily lives. I just love the world that the author has created for Counteract with the government conspiracy and how they use an “antidote” to control the people. I can’t wait to read more in the next book Resist to find out more about the resistance and Careen and Tommy’s involvement.  

I would recommend Counteract to all dystopian fans. 

Resistance Series Book 2

"I loved the first book in this series so much that I jumped right into the second one to continue the adventure. The Resistance Series is another great YA dystopian adventure that combines elements of thriller, romance, dystopian, and much more to create a well-rounded story that is sure to appeal to many readers - it definitely has my attention."--TFL Reader, top 500 Amazon Reviewer

Knowledge comes with a price.

Tommy and Careen no longer believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense's miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist's chemical weapons. After accidentally discovering the antidote's real purpose,they've join the fight to undermine the OCSD's bid for total control of the population.

Being part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they bargained for.

Tommy and Careen's differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between them, and their budding relationship is tested as their destinies move toward an inevitable confrontation with the forces that terrorize the nation.

Where does love fit in when you're trying to start a revolution?

"Dystopian YA literature needs more writers like Tracy Lawson! Lawson's lean writing style and idea-driven dialogue reminded me of the novels of Ayn Rand, particularly Anthem, but Resist is much faster paced and holds your attention from the beginning.

"Resist picks up right where the first book, Counteract, leaves off, and readers are thrown immediately into the action. I also loved the way Lawson doesn't give her characters the easy way out--they are forced to make decisions and suffer the consequences. These are real people that anchor the story, even if the setting is not." --SR Staley, author of St. Nic, Inc. and the Tortuga Bay series

Resist picks up right where Counteract left off with Careen and Tommy joining the Resistance and hoping to stop the OSCD from controlling the people. They want to stop the people from taking the drugs that are delivered to them week after week.

The ER is filling up with people who have decided to stop taking OCD after the chaos and destruction that erupted in Counteract the people are afraid to take OCD and afraid not to take it. But after deciding not to take it they end up in withdrawals thinking they are dying which is what the OSCD told them that OCD would do to them if they stopped taking it. The people were told by the OSCD that OCD would protect them from a terrorist Chemical attack.

Meanwhile back at the Resistance headquarters Careen and Tommy are working with the others to help stop the OSCD but they are not on the same page. Tommy wants to do something that could put his life as well as others in danger and Careen thinks they should take things a little bit slower and handle things in a different way. Now there is trouble in paradise.

Can Careen make Tommy see things her way? Can she stop him before it is too late? What is Tommy up to? Or maybe Careen needs to be on Tommy’s page. Want the answers? Pick up your copy of Resist to find out all the answers.

Resist was just as good as its predecessor Counteract I honestly can’t say which one I liked the best as both were equally intriguing and held my attention from the first page. I had trouble putting both Resist and Counteract down.

The characters are all so amazing and the world that the author has created for the Resistance series is so wonderful it seems so real as I believe it could actually become real to us as well one day now that would be scary.

I mean the government trying to control people by giving them drugs to take daily and by rationing food and distributing it out to people on a weekly basis. Now that is scary indeed but it does make you stop and think.

Resist is one book I highly recommend to all dystopia fans. 

Resistance Series Book 3

The Greatest Risk Is To Take No Risk At All.

Nationwide food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for the ill-fated mission in OP-439.

Both teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the national spotlight—and this time, they’re on opposite sides. On the run and exiled from the Resistance members in BG-098, Tommy makes his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital.

The OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can even locate them if they’re lost. Tommy’s now living in close quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own purposes?

Through it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it matters most?

Ignite picks up pretty much where Resist book #2 in the Resistance Series left off. Careen is being held captive and being abused by her captors. She is being forced to reveal many of the resistance secrets. She is being forced to make videos that are not true. She is being forced to push OCSD’s agenda that she does not believe in. She is more or less being blackmailed into confessing things that she did not do.

Tommy is doing everything he can to rescue Careen. He knows that the videos are not true and that Careen is being forced to make them. Tommy still believes in Careen all the way as he is very much in love with her.

The OSCD have come up with a way to tag everyone under the age of eighteen. This device will be used to track everyone under eighteen; it is just another way for them to keep tabs on everyone and know where they are all the time and to keep the people in line and control them.

Ignite is filled with lots of action and suspense around every corner. It will keep you glued to your seat and the pages flipping. There are twists and turns from beginning to end. Ignite like its predecessors likes to hold on to its secrets keeping you hooked. It will give you a little bit of info at a time just enough to keep you hanging on wanting to know what is on the next page. The world building is amazing and gets better and better with each book. The characters are all just as amazing as the story itself.

I would recommend Ignite to all dystopia fans with plenty of action and twists. 

Resistance Series Book 4

The Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series

To Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit.

Fugitive Resistance fighter Tommy Bailey has come out of hiding to help rescue Careen Catecher from the clutches of the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, where she’s been held and interrogated for information about the rebel group. The OCSD is poised to launch the Cerberean Link, a security device that will put all minors under constant surveillance under the guise of protecting them. 

Fearful that OCSD director Madalyn Davies’s bid for control won’t stop there, the Resistance puts its own plan in motion to sabotage the Link and oust Madalyn from the directorship. Just when everything seems leveraged in the Resistance’s favor, treachery, lies, and long-held secrets threaten to derail it all.

Will even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen? Or will the Resistance’s efforts convince the public to put their fears aside and demand freedom?

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Revolt picks up where Ignite left off with Tommy still trying to rescue Careen. After she is rescued Careen has a long road ahead of her for recovering with all the things the OSCD put her through. Careen has no idea who she can trust. Tommy is trying to help her as much as he can or she will let him. Hopefully with Tommy’s help Careen will make a comeback but she will probably never be the same person she was before she was captured by the OSCD and all the abuse but she is one tough cookie.

I love reading dystopia books and am so glad that I got the chance to read all five books in the Resistance Series I sorely hate to see it end. I love the world that was created in the Resistance Series and all the characters. I loved following Tommy, Careen, Mitch and all the other characters on their journeys getting to know each and every one and finding out who they were and learning their stories and how they all fit in the story.

Revolt like all the other books in this series was filled with just as much action and suspense as well as twists and turns that kept me glued to my kindle flipping the pages wanting to know where the story was going to take me next. I couldn’t put it down.

If you like reading dystopia, science fiction with just a twist of romance then you are going to love Revolt but I do suggest that you start with book one Counteract as I do think the books should be read in order.   

Careen's Prequel to the Resistance Series

"What was our heroine Careen Catecher like BEFORE she became a firebrand for the Resistance? Well, she was just a normal teenage girl trying to survive college in the totalitarian state of Tracy Lawson's creation." --review by Patrick Hodges

"Careen is a believable, strong female protagonist who, having survived a harrowing terrorist attack, is now trying to survive [college] in a new 'Quadrant' where she can't seem to fit in." --review by Candace Williams

A strong heroine is made, not born.

Though Careen Catecher survived a terrorist attack when she was nine, her childhood ended on that awful day. Now, nine years later, she’s ready for her life to truly begin.

A full scholarship to a prestigious university far from her beleaguered home quadrant seems like a dream come true, but when she arrives on campus, she’s perceived as a charity case, despite grades and test scores that prove she’s the academic equal of the best students there.

Careen knows she’s tough enough to survive just about anything, but fitting in with her acquisitive peers—at least on the surface—is necessary if she’s going to leave the past behind and claim the stable future she craves.

But her past won’t stay buried. She’s only been at school for a few weeks when a cryptic message from an unlikely friend raises questions that may put her in danger all over again.

Check out this novella-length prequel to the award-winning Resistance Series, “a promising new YA series about a totalitarian America.” 

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Spark is a great introduction into the Resistance Series. It introduces us to the main character Careen when she first arrived at college. It tells us a little bit about who she was and where she came from. Careen lost her father in a bombing when she was nine years old. She watched her father take his last breath. Spark also introduces us to the world as Careen now knows it. It gives us an introduction into what is going on in her world.

All Careen wants is to fit in at school and stay in the back ground and get away from her past but that is not to be the case as one of her teaches wants to use her as part of his teaching method because she is a survivor of the bombings that killed her father.

Spark is a great little story that gives us just enough information to have us hooked in no time and leaves us wanting to know more about what is going on. I can’t wait to read more about Careen in the first book in the Resistance Series, Counteract.

I would recommend Spark to all fans of dystopia and science fiction novels. 

Tracy Lawson knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she could read. In the first grade, she authored sixty-seven contact-paper bound books through her school's Young Authors program. Though that pace proved impossible to maintain, she always intended to be a real author one day. 

While working toward her Bachelor's degree in Communication at Ohio University, she studied creative writing with the late Daniel Keyes, author of Flowers for Algernon. After short stints as a media buyer and an investigative analyst, she settled into a 20-year career in the performing arts, teaching tap dancing in Columbus, Ohio, and choreographing musicals. Though her creative energies were focused on dance, she never lost her desire to write, and has a non-fiction book to her credit: Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More, (McDonald & Woodward, 2012).

Tracy's love for writing Young Adult fiction is sparked by all the wonderful teens in her life, including her daughter Keri, a college student. Counteract is Tracy's first novel.

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Teenyluvkins said...

Interesting covers as well as a take on terrorism in a dystopian stage.