Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

The Lying Planet
by Carol Riggs

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Entangled: digiTeen (September 19, 2016)
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Genre: 12+ YA Science Fiction/Fantasy
Print Length: 285 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.

 The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs
The Lying PlanetStudy hard, they said. Be kind, have honor and trust in the system and you will be given your pass to Promise City, where your whole life will lay ahead of you like a midnight buffet. Jay Lawton was every parent’s dream, an excellent student, never getting into trouble, a rule follower, so two weeks before he was to take “The Test” when he turned eighteen, everyone expected a one of the highest scores ever, including Jay. It it all changed one night and his world went from an almost Utopian existence to the most horrific nightmare a child could imagine and there was no one to turn to, except his peers.

Too bad few were trustworthy enough to either believe in his words or at least not go running to the adults, the very beings that terrified Jay. Was it possible to undermine “The Test” and not be sent to Promise City? If one failed and were exiled, what then? This is Jay’s story and his fight for the survival of his fellow students. How much would you sacrifice to save your friends? What about your family?

Carol Riggs’ The Lying Planet is young adult science fiction at its best as one boy keeps a level head in the face of death and deceit for the sake of humanity’s future. And you thought your parents were evil because they lied to you about the Easter Bunny? Hang on tight as the tension ramps up, and the race is on for survival against the odds as teens are forced to come of age and make the hard decisions no child should have to make.

I received an ARC edition from Entangled: digiTeen in exchange for my honest review.

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