Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Verona Trilogy: The Lens and the Looker - Book Review

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The LENS and the LOOKER
BOOK #1 of The Verona Trilogy:

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradation. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

My Review:

Reading the synopsis, I was instantly drawn to the History Camp ideology. The complete plot is different than any book I've ever read and I found that to be interesting. The Lens and the Looker tells of three teenagers who are forced to attend a History Camp due to their behavior. History Camps are life-like retention areas that are meant to teach children about hard labor and behavior. When the History Camp doesn't change the teens' behaviors, they are sent to real-life 14th century Italy. There the teens learn what it's really like to be forced to work and respect elders.

The adventures that Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln become a part of are gripping and you get a good sense of what they go through. The additional characters in the book are also magnetic. I think The Lens and the Looker sometimes delves too deep in building background but, overall, it's a good book. I'll be reviewing the second book in the series, The Bronze and the Brimstone, towards the end of May and posting about it on my blog. It follows the three teens through another exciting adventure.


Shannon said...

This sounds like something I would read. Thank you for your review!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Sounds very interesting!

Unknown said...

this sounds like an interesting read, maybe i'll give it a shot, i have a long list right now though!