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Lovelock Ones by Tricia Copeland

Lovelock Ones, Tricia Copeland, book review, science fiction, dystopian
Jema and Troy mange semi-normal lives at the Port Orford Naval Base despite global warming and mandatory genetic typing. With the threat of a second worldwide flu epidemic, their parents send them to a remote desert community. Jema’s sister contracts the virus, and Jema and Troy must decide whether to compromise the group to save one.

Can Lovelock develop a cure in time to avoid mass casualty? As the political stage shifts, who can be trusted?
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving a review.
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: December 29, 2017 (print)
                             January 18, 2018 (eBook)

Review

After a strain of influenza killed millions, governments worldwide declared that mandatory genetic testing and the selective pairing of couples would protect humanity against another outbreak. Unfortunately, they were wrong. With the threat of another outbreak on the horizon, Jemma's and Troy's parents decide to send them to a remote desert community to protect them from governments that will use them to develop a vaccine. However, their parents might just be throwing them out of the frying pan and into the fire as the leader of Lovelock might have his own political agenda.

You won't find the history and society lumped together in one place because it is shared strategically through the storyline when they are relevant to current events. I personally enjoy this writing strategy as I usually go into information overload if it's dumped on me in the beginning of the book, and I don't see how current events in the plot relate to the history and society.

On the surface, the relationship between Jemma and Troy might seem to follow a predictable pattern; however, as I read more, I discovered this is not the case. The relationship between the two is equal and takes into account their unique skills and personalities which seem to complement each other. There were a couple of times when I was about ready to roll my eyes at how Jemma was put in the position of being a "damsel in distress;" however, I was pleasantly surprised by Jemma's resourcefulness and independence. In most cases, by the time Troy came around to "save the day," she had already devised a plan and was acting on it. Since I've read Copeland's books in the past, I should've known better but I think the eye roll is a reflex and a sign of my cynical nature.

There is some political intrigue going on in the plot, which makes for some interesting plot twists. You have the underlying political system of the "underground society" that Troy and Jemma are thrust into, and then you have the worldwide political system. While distinct, the two are connected in some surprising ways. To top it off, Copeland has created an intriguing dystopian society that is relevant to today's current events.

I've enjoyed other books by Tricia Copeland and Lovelock Ones is no exception! It's a page-turner with a compelling history and society, realistic young adult characters, and a rich setting. While it seems that Lovelock Ones is a standalone novel, the end of the book provides an opportunity for a sequel; an opportunity that I sincerely hope Copeland takes!

About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland, indie author, Lovelock Ones, book review
Tricia Copeland, author. Reprinted with permission.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include a clean new adult contemporary romance series, Being Me, as well as a YA paranormal novella, Drops of Sunshine, and The Kingdom Journals, a YA urban fantasy series. If she’s not on a trail, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or on your favorite social media.

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