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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
In Counteract (The Resistance Series Book 1) by Tracy Lawson, two teenagers have to face the fact that the government was lying to everyone. And it's not just the small ordinary lies we are used to from politicians. What Tommy and Careen learn is different. The government makes the public believe that there is a serious threat from terrorists who want to deploy poisonous gases into the atmosphere to kill the population. The good government, though, has already developed a solution: an antidote. You simply have to take three drops every day to be immune to the threat. Almost everyone takes their antidote, and the ones who don't turn into martyrs. Dead? Maybe. Strange things happen to Careen and Tommy after they take the antidote, and even stranger things happen when they accidentally were not able to take the three drops. What is the secret behind the antidote? What is the government up to? And can two teenagers alone make a difference?
Counteract by Tracy Lawson is a rather disturbing story, in the sense that you actually wouldn't put actions like that past the governments of the world. I found the plot very interesting, but also - as said before - disturbing. After all, the government already has quite a bit of influence on the people in a country, and not all governments use their power for good. This is a story that makes you think about the state of the world, and it makes you think about questioning decisions by the government. It encourages you to think for yourself and not be one of millions of mindless marionettes. If you like fiction with its roots in what could possibly happen, and if you like being entertained, then you should give the Resistance Series a shot.