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Reviewed by Samantha Coville for Readers' Favorite
Isse Corvus takes center stage in Roderick Vincent's The Cause as he finds himself involved in a secret revolution. He has two choices. Join the team and hack into the NSA, fighting against an American government that has taken away individual freedom. Or he can die. In this book inspired by George Orwell's 1984, Corvus will have to decide between life as a slave, life as a criminal, or to feign loyalty to The Cause only to abandon it later. At some point he has to wonder if the way of the illegals is better. And at some point in this novel, you, the reader, has to wonder how far away this future is. The author asks you to take a look at the government in his 2022 and compare it to the government of our 2014. Is it better? Is it worse? Is it really any different? Or are they one and the same?
I simply adore books like this. They make you do the one thing that it seems people don't do enough: think. Not only do we have this thrilling novel of intrigue, politics and freedom, but Roderick Vincent also gives us a little time to set aside and consider what the character is doing and if we ourselves would take the same action in that situation. The writing is top notch with great descriptions and a fascinating plot that moves at a quick pace. The characters could be drawn up a bit better, given a little more flesh and blood. But The Cause gives you the goosebumps as you consider this: has it already begun?