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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Ashley McCoury pens a riveting futuristic saga in 2020 Injection. Today, serial number 2020 turns seventeen. She realizes no matter what her future holds, the life she knows now is over. As a child, her surrogate named her Alexandra, but under the rule of The Sovereignty, she is just a number. She enters the ever-dreaded sanitorium, her fate lies in their hands. Will she become a “carrier,” or will she receive the injection? 2020 has never fitted in, always feeling inferior to others, never being allowed the freedom to be herself, so she is not surprised that the Sovereignty determines – injection! With her mind and heart racing, 2020 exits the sanatorium. Trying to flee her thoughts and her doomed situation, she begins running. 2020 has been taught the injection brings unity and equality to society. Yet she cannot help wondering how having all her emotions stripped from her makes the world a better place. In her haste, and distracted by her thoughts, 2020 collides with a stranger. She is confused by his smile, kind words, and light-hearted manner; his behavior is extremely odd. 2020 remains bewildered long after returning to her dwelling at the Establishment. While trying to explain her bizarre encounter to 0207, there is an explosion. At this moment 2020’s world turns upside down, chaos erupts, and there amid the danger is the stranger. He leads her and a small group away from the destruction. 2020 is horrified by the devastation and mystified by this mysterious man? Who is he? Where is he taking her? More importantly, can he be trusted? Only time will tell.
2020 Injection by Ashley McCoury is a thought-provoking, on the edge of your seat, nail-biting look into the future. McCoury grabs you with her opening line, and then reels you in with thrills, twists, and turns galore! Extremely captivating and intelligently written, the pages seem to turn automatically. The narrative is told from the point of view of the heroine; therefore, you do not miss out on a single thought or emotion as her dynamic character develops and grows. Surrounding her is an excellent cast of characters. Each one unique and pivotal in the telling of the story. Being a Christian myself, I became curious when the element of Christianity was going to be introduced. McCoury places this aspect in the plot with finesse and precision, creating an alluring character rather than a pious, religious idea. The conflict is both external and internal. World systems collide. Establishment versus the Outlandish, the Outlandish against the Seditionist, each trying to overthrow and outwit the other. Yet, the inner turmoil of the characters is just as traumatic and dramatic. In the center of all this turmoil is the “injection” that creates emotionless, empty vessels, easily controlled. The theme subtly woven into the plot is summed up in this perfectly placed line - “without emotion, there is no individual thought.” Ashley McCoury takes you on a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and emotions are at the helm. 2020 Injection reveals the essence of uniqueness, combined with the power to forgive those who try to take it from you. As Ashley McCoury’s 2020 Injection concludes, you are left clinging to hope and begging for more of it.