Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing you my very first book club post! I have joined the #BohoBookClub this month and we are reading Resist the Machine by C.D Verhoff.
Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.
Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.
Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.
My answer may contain spoilers!
I’m really big into dystopian books, and this is a first for me. I think the whole concept behind Avantica is really interesting. I mean to have your life set out in front of you and you’re given everything you need. It sounds like Utopia. What really made me feel uncomfortable about this society was how children are “raised.” Unlike normal children, these kids are produced in a factory and are incubated for the first several months/years(?) of their lives. It is very strange, but definitely a unique concept.
Now I just read a book about characters that could be defined as defective. It is sad that people would think of others as anything other than just that. However, this society, from what I have read so far, is into making sure that their Utopia stays that way. People that are rebellious and can cause an uprising are not tolerated, and it makes sense. A society can’t control individuals that don’t believe in it.
That is all I have this week! I can’t wait to continue to read this book and see what happens next!
What do you think? Does this book sound interesting? Do you agree with the way this society is run? Let me know in the comments below!
Also, don’t forget to see other members’ answers (links below)!
About the Author:
C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.
Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.
Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee, and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.