Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Truancy is a book written by a very young author about how it is going to school in a Totalitarian society. To have complete control, the mayor runs all the schools very strictly. All students have barcodes on their arms and they may only speak when spoken to or receive harsh punishment. If a student is expelled, they become vagrants and nobody in society has anything to do with them.

There is a group of ex-students and vagrants called the Truancy that is against the mayor and fighting him as best as they can. The mayor is trying his best to keep the Truants under control and under the view of society since he doesn’t want people knowing there are those that undermine authority.

Through a friend, Tack finds out the existence of the Truancy, but doesn’t think much of it until his sister is killed in the crossfire of one of their attacks. He runs away and ends up joining them to try to get revenge on his sister’s killer. Only he ends up fighting side-by-side with him and together they lead a revolt. Will they succeed? Will he ever avenge his sister’s death?I love books where the people in charge try to control the society, so this was a great read for me. This book is the first in the part of a trilogy. The second is a prequel called Truancy: Origins and the third has yet to be released. If you like books like Brave New World and 1984, you’ll love this book.

Here's a trailer for the book:

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