Veracity (Paperback)

By Laura Bynum

Gallery Books, 9781439123355, 376pp.

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

February 2010 Indie Next List

“Laura Bynum tells the story of a culture where citizens are prevented from speaking forbidden words by a device forcibly implanted in their necks by an authoritarian government that rose in the wake of a horrible pandemic. A resistance movement builds, and their greatest weapon is the freedom to speak. Veracity is a perfect blend of literary and science fiction -- its suspense rocketing the story along to a satisfying conclusion.”
— Beth Simpson, Cornerstone Books, Salem, MA
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Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one half of the country's population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a forbidden, Red Listed word is to risk physical punishment or even death.

But there are those who resist. Guided by the fabled "Book of Noah," they are determined to shake the people from their apathy, and are prepared to start a war in the name of freedom. The newest member of this resistance is Harper--a woman driven by memories of a daughter lost, a daughter whose very name was erased by the Red List. And she possesses a power that could make her the underground warriors' ultimate weapon--or the instrument of their destruction.

Praise For Veracity

"An utterly absorbing and impressive novel of technology, control, and pseudo-morality gone mad. Too close for comfort." -- Greg Bear, New York Times bestselling author

"A remarkable book, thought-provoking, horrifying, and yet hopeful." -- Elizabeth Moon, New York Times bestselling author of The Speed of Dark

"Move over, George Orwell. Laura Bynum's Veracity reads like a modern-day 1984 -- disturbing and coercive. This book is so spooky it gets under your skin and lives there, smoldering with fear, mistrust, and wild adventure." -- Jeff Carlson, international bestselling author of Plague Zone

"A thrilling debut -- part The Handmaid's Tale, part Fahrenheit 451 -- that's as suspenseful as it is thought-provoking. I was hooked from the very first page." -- Larry Beinhart, Edgar Award-winning author of Wag the Dog