Counteract by Tracy Lawson

Book Reviews


Counteract (Resistance Series #1)
Tracy Lawson
Published: 6th August, 2014
Buddhapuss Ink LLC  


Two strangers-their destinies entwined-must work together to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected.

The Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has guarded the public against the rampant threat of terrorism for the last fifteen years with the full backing of the US government. Their carefully crafted list of Civilian Restrictions means no concerts or sporting events, no travel, no social media, no cash transactions, and no driver’s licenses for eighteen-year-olds Tommy and Careen. The OCSD has even outlawed grocery stores, all in the name of safety.

Now, there’s a new threat-airborne chemical weapons that could be activated at any time. But the OCSD has an antidote: Just three drops a day is all it takes to stay safe. It’s a small price to pay for safety.

Or is it…

What I liked: I liked that we got background on how the OCSD was able to gain so much control over the people of the U.S.A., it made it feel more realistic since we could see how they were able to do so. It was also a little scary to see how far the OCSD was allowed to go in the name of protecting the people from terrorism. This book basically shows martial law in its completeness, and how people who want to get rid of something can become a tyrant through lies. The antidote and the way it was handed out was my first clue to how things really were within the OCSD and while it took me a while to catch on to what was happening I was both intrigued and baffled by what the OCSD was doing.

What I didn’t like: I’m honestly confused as to how the government allowed the OCSD to get even a fraction of the power it wielded. Even in the name of justice and protecting people I honestly don’t think the government will allow such a small organization to have that much power. Also, I really want to know why the antidote was what it was. There were other things that could do something similar so I’m just curious as to why that particular drug.

Overall Review: While dystopian is a popular genre right now, I found this novel to be different from all the others in the fact there wasn’t a ruined nation that had fallen and then rose from the ashes. This is a nation that has just become constricted in the name of justice. The twist put on this story to make it more original were done well and I enjoyed the way everything played out. Though of course there is a rebellion that is bound to happen, we don’t really see much about it but we get the sense that it’s working to take out the OCSD from behind the scenes right now.

Recommend?: A well paced and interesting novel, I think it makes an interesting read and you should check it out!

Goodreads: 4.1/5 Amazon: 4.8/5 Barnes&Noble: 5/5 BookDepository: -/5

My Rating: 3.5/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3
Idea: 3.8
Story: 3.6
Characters: 3.7

Review by Bri



3 responses to “Counteract by Tracy Lawson

  1. Pingback: The Monthly Newsletter: January 2015 | Books and Ashes

  2. Thanks for reviewing Counteract, Bri! I’m glad you found it interesting. Look for Resist, the second book in the series, in June 2015.


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