Thursday 22 March 2018

The Revisionary - Kristen Hogrefe - The Rogues Book 1

The Revisionary
The Rogues Book 1
Kristen Hogrefe
Write Integrity Press
ISBN 9781944120290
eISBN 9781944120375


I must first start by stating that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A few months ago, I read the prequel novella A Cord of Three Strands and appreciated it. At the time I added this one to my wish list a sort of forgot about it. I really wish I had read them closer together. As I was reading this book it felt really familiar, I am sure some readers will compare it to The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, and as much as I did enjoy that book, there is something different about this one, that draws me in more. This was a book that I really did not want to put down.

This story is set in the futures. The United States has been devastated by a Electromagnetic Pulse that wiped out most of infrastructure. Now the country is broken into several cubes. But as with most things in life, all is not as it appears. Portia Abernathy has been working hard because she wants to go to the Crystal Globe and achieve the role of Revisionary. She wants to have access to the Codex, so she can change the laws and allow her brother to cone back from exile in the satellite's. But from her first moments in this new place she realizes that are many layers of observation, and that they do not want people there to learn, they want good obedient puppets.

Portia is head strong, determined and very smart. And even though she stirs conflict early and often. She experiences mind control correctives. Physical discipline. But She also discovers a trove of knowledge from before the ASU in the special archives. She joins a fraternity and ventures out hopping trains and catching tidbits of things that seem odd. Soon she realizes she will need to choose sides, either she will become the ideal citizen and try and change things from the inside. Or she will risk it all and work to bring about change outside the structures of the law. She has new friends in her roommate, and a classmate, and Luther Danforth, a boy she was once close to at home. But even as she is learning what friendship is about again, she might need to let them all go for what she really believes in.

The strengths of this story are the characters, you cannot but find your self cheering for and encouraging on Portia. And you will be intrigued by the strangers who keep seeming to be around when she needs protection and cover. The pace is also excellent. But to be honest I am very glad book 2 released before I finished book 1 or I would have hated waiting for the next installment. So, let that be a warning once you start reading you will not want to stop so you may as well pick up both books 1 and 2, and hope we do not have long to wait for the third in the trilogy.

Write Integrity Press they believe in the inspired word of God, and their books are in alignment with their beliefs. There is not gratuitous sex, violence just for the sake of violence, no alternative lifestyles just to diversify the book. This is the fifth book by Write Integrity I have read, the other four were all by Catholic author Cynthia T. Toney, the faith element was more obvious in her books, but this was an excellent read and I look forward to reading more from Hogrefe and from Write Integrity! And I cannot wait until my girls are a little older to introduce them to Portia.

Books by Kristen Hogrefe:
The Rogues Series:

0.5 A Cord of Three Strands
1.0 The Revisionary
2.0 The Revolutionary
3.0 The Reactionary


Wings of the Dawn Series:
1.0 Captive Beneath the Bahamian Sky
2.0 Secrets Beyond Lake Winona's Shore
3.0 Awakening Sun


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