The Ungoverned, by Jaq C. Reed [Book Review]
I like to beta read for other writers when I have time, because of my strong belief in the philosophy "Be the friend you want to have". I've met some really fantastic writers through this process who were willing to share their work with me.
One particular author, who also trusted me to be her proofreader, stood out to me. Author Jaq C. Reed wrote a fantastic sci-fi dystopian book, The Ungoverned.
I loved Jaq's book because she had a theme we can all relate to: Our abuse of the environment will lead to consequences that will reshape our world, possibly for the worst. But while her novel explores the apocalyptic affects of our environmental misuse, it also holds onto hope; hope that it is never too late to change our ways. And that nature is more resilient than we might think.
As soon as I read through her manuscript, I knew her book had great potential. The characters were compelling and I could relate to them. Her dialogue was realistic, and her world wonderfully unique and well-constructed. I loved her original concept of "Code assignment", and how this society blended code with DNA to segregate and monitor its citizens.
Jaq published her novel, and not surprisingly, it recently ranked #53 on Amazon in her genre. If you read dystopian books, I highly recommend you pick up Jaq's book. You won't be disappointed.
Ara is Code Yellow.
In a world of assignment, there is no choice. Ara lives, works, and breathes under the rule of the Governance. It’s a race against time, as every minute is counted down off her clock of life.
The annual cull of the population threatens her friends, family; everyone close to her. Missteps lead to questioning and torture.
She is genetic perfection; the impure of the Nation are cast out and terminated. Mingling with anyone outside of Rank brings with it the possibility of code collision and termination. The Code keeps everyone, including Ara, under complete control of the Governance. Until she becomes unCoded.
From a life of drudgery, Ara unwittingly becomes the face of revolution. With the forbidden love of the Governor’s son and the Cull looming, can she save her friends from torture? Can she save her family from certain death? Can she save herself?
In a world of surveillance, where death is at every turn–
Will she allow herself to be Governed? Or join the ranks– of the few that are—