by Lisa Acerbo
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: November 20, 2014
Publisher: Etopia Press
Genre: YA/NA Romantic Sci-fi
Print Length: 207 pages
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When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.
the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of
the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks
her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human
and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is
gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with
Yara is good at her job and committed to her
raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face
with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived
expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the
meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live
out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements
or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And
it’s punishable by law.
As she and Joshua grow closer, she
convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the
unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones
move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are
arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between
her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her
people, and reality could slip away—forever...
Remote by Lisa Acerbo
Is it happening already? Is technology slowly overtaking our lives? Will we become the pawns of a techno-government who tracks, us, tells us what to think, do, and allows interaction only through “hooking up” to a computer for a technology-induced social life? Curfews, family control, it’s all part of New State, a highly technological world where no one is really free to think play or fall in love. The value of a human life is only in what they can do to further the government’s purpose. Far beyond a police state, humans are tortured and converted into drones, powerful and deadly killing machines.
As always, there are those who believe in actually living life, being free to think and feel and, well, be human. These rebels live under New State in a world they have dug out underground, where they train to be warriors, to thwart the tyranny above and make raids on the world above for anything that may further their plans to defeat their enemy, including the basics they need for survival. Yara, a strong-willed teen has trained with the raiders; she is the daughter of one of the leaders, intelligent, brave and a new leader in the making.
Yet, on one of the raids, she encounters a teen boy, a citizen of New State, who shares the technology of his world with her. Their mutual trust and friendship defies all they have ever learned about their respective worlds. But their budding romance could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, turning an innocent, yet potentially deadly companionship into an escalation of war that will cost lives, heartache and uncover secrets from above that could spell doom for Yara’s people.
Lisa Acerbo has done a remarkable job of portraying a potential future that seems painfully all too possible. Remote is fast-paced, high-action reading that defines bravery, youth and belief in a better world. Wonderful characters grace these pages, vivid battle scenes play out in full detail as we follow Yara as her world begins to implode around her. Yara must choose, love, death, or worse, life without freedom.
What would you do?