Summary : Eerie and suspense ridden tale of what could be when the government takes safety measures too far.
This mostly believable dystopian thriller creates a chilling picture of a government that goes above and beyond to protect its citizens from terrorism. Book one in the Resistance Series does an excellent job at reeling readers in. It’s fast paced, edgy, and ends with a mega cliffhanger… though the constant change in POVs can give whiplash.
The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense (OCSD) has their hands full. They single handedly react and take down any threat the nation faces and further ensure safety through the use of the long list of Civilian Restrictions they’ve created. They have even eradicated sporting events, travel, social media, cash transactions, driver’s licenses, and grocery stores, all in the name of the nation’s safety! Imagine what the OCSD will do now that there is a new threat: airborn chemical weapons that can be activated at any given time. Why provide the antidote to the masses of course!
All appears to be going according to the OCSD’s plan until an antidote delivery truck fails to complete deliveries. Careen and Tommy, two strangers, soon find themselves a few doses short in the midst of a high terrorist alert. As their world closes in on them, they soon discover that perhaps a few drops a day is too steep a price to pay for safety.
The premise is offbeat and exciting, albeit not exactly new. Lawson’s story telling makes an impact, after you get used to the constant changes in POVs. Initially, I was annoyed with the constant switch in storytellers, but over time I grew to appreciate the different perspectives offered. It was definitely something to get used to.
Extremist much? Sure, I can see how a government division can come to hold too much power, but to be overcome so quietly? That the public had become THAT complacent did not mesh well with me. The antidote’s effects also had me reeling. Luckily, the novel’s plotlines and likable characters allowed me to overlook this. Careen and Tommy are fun, multi-layered college students who end up doing more than they ever imagined to help the public take their lives back.
Overall, Counteract is well written, entertaining, and has twists and turns that are both surprising and welcomed. Definitely looking forward to the second in the series.
*** This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***