Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
256 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2021
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Author Biography

Coming from a family of 7 children Ashley McCoury learned to use her imagination at a very young age and never quite got over it. Ashley’s large immediate and extended family play an important role in her life and through her family’s many ups and downs she saw how important those connections are to mankind’s wellbeing as a whole. Having many different roles in life, wife, mother, real estate agent, business owner and now writer has given her perspective on the world that not many see. With her deep love of reading and adventure, Ashley was an aspiring author from a young age. Ashley lives outside of the city limits in West Texas, she has 3 pretty awesome kids and a wonderful husband that keeps her laughing.

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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.

Divine Zape

2020: Injection by Ashley McCoury is a futuristic novel set in a world that has been transformed by technology. In a world where everything is equal and the same, seventeen-year-old Alexandra is faced with an inevitable, yet disturbing dilemma: to make a baby with a man she has never known and loved and raise that baby for five years or accept the injection that strips her of her individuality. At five years, she was assigned a new home and sent to the Establishment, torn away from her mother without her consent. Will she follow a path she chooses, marry a man she knows and loves, or will she surrender to the control of the Establishment? While she navigates a world filled with deceit, lies, and manipulation, she must also find her brother, Isa, who might be in trouble. Will Justin accept her union with Merek and can she keep control of her choices? The answers are waiting in this enthralling narrative.

This is a compelling story with powerful emotional moments. And the author writes beautifully, exploring themes of science, personal choices vs social demands, and what it takes to have one’s freedom and dignity in a world where people are manipulated and controlled. In the world that Ashley McCoury has so carefully crafted, the future of the characters is determined by someone else. The injection becomes a symbol of oppression, something that strips characters of everything human, including their emotions, their choices, and everything that makes them unique and female. At the Establishment, people are taught that the injection makes society great, stopping all wars and even famine. But it also would strip the protagonist from everything that makes her female, and that is what creates the conflict so intelligently developed in this novel. Alexandra is a protagonist that will instantly win the heart of the reader and I adored how the author writes about her internal conflict. The drama is intense, accentuated by the skillfully written dialogues. 2020: Injection is emotionally intense, cunningly plotted, and fast-paced. One of those stories you can’t stop reading.

Christian Sia

2020: Injection by Ashley McCoury is a beguiling science fiction novel set in the future. Seventeen-year-old Alexandra was taken from her mother when she was just five and handed over to the Establishment. Her surrogate has given her the name Alexandra and she is about to lose it with the injection. At the Establishment, she has learned from the guides that numbers and uniforms make everyone, male and female, the same. But she wants to be herself, and the injection will strip her of emotions and everything that makes her a woman. The alternative to taking the injection is to procreate with a man she has never seen and birth a child she will only raise for five years. Can she choose the path of love, fight the system that oppresses, avoid the injection, and be with the man she really loves?

2020: Injection by Ashley McCoury is filled with pathos, poignantly written, and intelligently plotted. The protagonist is a young woman faced with a battle she cannot win and with very limited resources. She must choose who to trust, walk carefully, and think every step through to succeed in keeping her humanity. The story has strong plot points and while Alexandra must deal with an oppressive system, she has a brother she ardently wishes to reconnect with, a brother who might be in danger. 2020: Injection is a mesmerizing tale with a well-imagined and expertly executed setting. It features characters that are unforgettable and explores the perennial question of what happens if the control of life is left in the hands of few powerful people. It is imaginative, deftly written, and thought-provoking.

Romuald Dzemo

2020: Injection by Ashley McCoury is a novel with a great setting in the future, a time when people are not in control of their lives and emotions. The injection transforms people and makes them equal, stripping them of their emotions and what makes them female. We meet seventeen-year-old Alexandra who is on the threshold of taking the injection, worried about what will happen to her life as a woman. She should have been prepared for this moment, but her thoughts and emotions are in disarray. Given a choice between having the injection and procreating with a man she has never seen, she has to be smart in what she chooses. Even if she accepts to have a child, she will lose that child after five years, just the same as her mother lost her to the Establishment. Can she escape the injection, marry the man she loves, and also find her brother?

A mesmerizing tale of one woman’s quest for freedom and control of her choices, 2020: Injection presents characters that are not just compelling but memorable and believable. Contemporary readers can easily relate to this story, given the controversy that is centered on the vaccines against the Covid-19 pandemic. Ashley McCoury’s setting is meticulously written and the social realities are explored with intelligence. At times it feels dystopian, and at times realistic and mirroring what humanity can become if power is left in the hands of a few scientists. The Establishment is a powerful symbol in the narrative and it reflects everything the protagonist stands against, even if she has been raised in the system. 2020: Injection is written in excellent prose, punctuated by strong dialogues and vivid descriptions; the streams of consciousness pull readers into Alexandra’s mind and allow them to feel the internal conflict. A gripping first-person narrative voice, emotionally charged scenes, unforgettable and realistic characters are just a few of the elements that raise this novel above the bar. It is immersive and utterly satisfying as a story that is impeccably told.

Joy Hannabass

Alexandra will take the vaccine. She only has two choices and this is the one that fell on her shoulders. This is the rule at the sanatorium where she is living. She must followed the rules or face the consequences. There is no way out. Or is there? No one was expecting the explosion and her miraculous freedom from the sanatorium and all of its horror. But Alexandra will not always be safe; she will face some of the most gruesome horrid things a woman has ever endured.

2020 Injection is a book I couldn't put down; in fact, I re-read most of it. Ashley McCoury does a fantastic job of creating characters that will quickly capture your heart, each of them enduring what they have to in order to survive. Especially 2020, or later known as Alexandra. This is a character I will not soon forget. She gripped my heart in such a way that I couldn't stop reading. I had to find out what was happening to her. 2020 Injection is filled with many heart wrenching emotions throughout the entire book. Just when I think everything is settled, there is a new twist that throws me right back into an emotional rollercoaster. I don't know that I have ever experienced so much emotion in one book. I believe this is the best book I've ever read in the genre. I really enjoy Ashley McCoury's phenomenal writing, and she has quickly made it to my favorite author's list. I can't wait to see what she has next for her readers. I highly recommend 2020 Injection by Ashley McCoury for some of the best reading you will encounter.