I want everyone to stop what they're doing and read this book. O
I want everyone to stop what they're doing and read this book. Open your eyes to a not so distant future we could all face. From the days of our founding fathers this warning has resounded on a constant loop. No spoilers. If you love fantasy, sci-fi, are into conspiracies, support small government, support free thinking and free speech ... I can't stress this enough ... Read, In the Place Where There Is No Darkness. This story is told as if it were fiction, but the reality scares me. The Invisible War is as much of a reality as other slippery slopes we see on a day to day basis. In the Place Where There Is No Darkness is the perfect read for thought provoking discussion and book groups. This is one of the best written stories I've read this year. I extend the compliment to both writing style and the story itself. Oh and I loved the symbolism that I found throughout the story and the unique grounding methods used. Overall, the ending was my favorite. After the beginning, I hadn't expected the ending, but I thought it rounded out the story, and made for utter perfection.
January 20, 2014
When seventeen year-old Derrion is assigned a senior project, h
When seventeen year-old Derrion is assigned a senior project, he chooses to go against the grain and do his project on not of what school and the government taught him, but of the real truth; the truth that he had spent the last four years documenting. You see, one night change it all for Derrion's father, Arthur. It was January, 11, 2008. Snowing in Baghdad (an unusual occurrence). He was a Ranger in the Army whose mission was to rally up the insurgents via house to house. A shot rang out and a fellow american soldier shot an unarmed child and Arthur watched the life slowly drain out of the innocent boy. In that moment- Arthur's life changed forever- never able to feel the joy and love in life again- never able to look into is son's eyes without seeing the horrified eyes of that Iraqi child. He struggled desperately through life for the next year until he committed suicide. After the death of his father, Derrion struggled with horrible nightmares. Not because he was he one who discovered his dead father, but because of what he overheard his father say about that fateful night in Baghdad. He began to question everything he learned about war in school. It slowly became an obsession; he was determined to discover the truth about the world he lived in. Overtime, the internet slowly became censored by the government. Websites began to disappear. Derrion feared the the truth would be forgotten so he began to print out hundreds of pages at a time of everything he could and organized it into color coded folders. On April 15, 2016, his worst fears came true. The internet was shut sown. It was called the Invisible War but what it really was was the worlds first major cyber attack that lasted 6 weeks. The President declared a state of emergency, martial law was imposed and curfews were enforced. Then came the door-to-door confiscation of guns. Highways were shut down, food riots, the economy collapsed. Soon the government created State Radio and State TV which meant the government now controlled everything the public could gain knowledge of. All citizens were required to be microchipped and teachers were required to report any insubordination to an online agency. Helicopters, drones and surveillance cameras watching their every move. Life in America was no longer truly free. But then someone reminded Derrion of something important. You are not truly powerless unless you give up your power; "Change the way you think and you can change the world". Hence, the idea for Derrion's senior project was born. He would create a mock trial of the investigations into 9/11. But when Derrion submits his project idea, it flags him on a watch list. His whole world is about to change. Then one morning, Derrion awakens onto a situation that he does not remember getting into. A situation that rocks his small Ohio town. It's this point in the book that has me on the edge off my seat and I cannot divulge any more without ruining the element of surprise of this shocking twist in the story. And as if the plot wasn't gripping enough, another twist in the last chapter really put me over the edge making me love it even more. This is just a phenomenal book and this is the kind of story that will always stay in the back of mind as one of the best I've ever read. I encourage you to give it a try, it's well worth reading and passing on to friends!
January 1, 2014
Do you ever think of what the future will be like for our kids o
Do you ever think of what the future will be like for our kids or grandchildren? The world we know today will not be the same when they are older. Can you imagine living in a world where everything was electronic? You don't even have a key to your own house. They use retina software to verify you are who you are. Drones fly in the air around you. Derrion has some trauma and horrible memories about his father and his death. Derrion teases to the fact that he knows what the world use to be like, our way currently. Derrion shares what he knows about the past and live now in a senior paper. He thinks it's no big deal. He really has no idea how much trouble he just made for himself. This is a quick read as the book only has 98 pages. I give it a 4 out of 5.
January 7, 2014