Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Rebels by Scott & Judith Powell

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The world is on fire. From the ashes like a phoenix rises a new America, one that will save it all. Under one condition; absolute and complete surrender.

The world complies without question. Those who don’t are destroyed. It is in this world, John is born. His very name is treason.

If the New America, now known to everyone as the State, knew what John was, they’d kill him, but instead they give him a gift.

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Praise for Rebels

John has a lot of potential (especially for someone so young) in that he sees the flaws in this society. He wants to be like George Washington and knows a lot about the manner in which a government should be run… Highly recommended. ~Amazon Review

This is a book that I have a few issues with, but overall, I really did enjoy it. I love the idea and was excited to read it because it sounds like a book right up my alley. John Hancock Bates is 15 years old and lives in a society where the State tells everyone what to do. Freedom has been lost and the people aren't allowed to talk about society before they took charge (aka the Great Fires). His parents have taught him about the Constitution and the founding fathers and they read together from the Bible. John is also in the Young Army which gives them privileges so he has to walk that fine line. This part was difficult for me to believe. As a 15-year-old, I thought that he might be a little more confused than he is. He seemed pretty firm in his beliefs for someone that is being taught two different philosophies. 

I also felt that the story was a bit factual and wanted to be shown more so I would have felt more emotionally involved. For the most part, though, I found the storyline realistic. The history of John's world was interesting and kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I felt like most of the book was background and it wasn't until the end that something exciting happened. The ending definitely has me looking forward to book 2 and reading more of John's story!

One other note since I know this might bother some people. There are some editing and spelling issues with this book but I hope that doesn't make anyone stop reading it since it is a story worth reading. 

My Rating=4 Stars


But unlike the others, my parents have made me commit to memory the preamble of the Constitution of the United States of America, a document outlawed by the State and every night my father pulls out a very old Bible hidden in a compartment in our wall and we listen to him read aloud its words. If it is found out that we have such a book, the penalty is death, but we read it anyway. Our government is called the State of America and consists of most of the civilized world. I do not know what schools were like before the Great Fires but ours are old and moldy, full to the breaking point with youth and children. The conditions have worsened through the years since the State has taken over and slowly broken down society much like strip mining, leaving nothing in place of what they have taken. In many ways, we are no more than cattle waiting to be taken to the slaughter, only to serve the State and its needs. It is here at school that my life changed forever and I could no longer sit and do nothing while others decided my fate for me.

About the Authors

Scott Powell was born in Burlington, Vermont, to a father who was a police officer and a mother who emigrated from South Korea. He received a degree in marketing from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Scott served a two-year Spanish-speaking mission for his church. He is a mixed martial artist who continues to train with his father, a second-degree black belt in Tae kwon do and a kick boxer.

Besides being married to Scott for over seventeen years, Judith Powell is a stay-at-home mom whose whole life has been full of stories. Being raised by an Irish storytelling father and a Native American mother, stories have filled her life and her head until they finally had no choice but to flow out through her fingertips.

Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 12/29/13

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