The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: White Integrity Press
Genre: Young Adult / Dystopian
Series: The Rogues, Book One
Be sure to check out my review for the sequel, The Revolutionary.
About the Book:
A Revisionary rewrites the rules. A Rogue breaks them. Which one is she?
Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy accepts her Revisionary draft to the Crystal Globe with one goal: earn a Dome seat so she can amend the satellite rules and rescue her brother. Her plan derails when Head Gage Eliab brands her as a suspect in a campus Rogue attack, and in a quest to clear her name, she questions if the vigilante Brotherhood responsible might be fighting for a cause greater than itself, a cause championed by the last civilization. But the current leaders have obscured history’s pages, and if she dares to engage the past through her training technology, they might wipe her own memory as well.
Her shifting loyalties pit her against Luther Danforth, her Court Citizen ally who believes in reform, not revolution. Joining the Brotherhood makes a future with him impossible—and Portia must decide if it’s better to rewrite the rules or to break them.
I had no idea what was in store when I picked up a copy of The Revisionary by Kristen Hogrefe. Fans of dystopian literature such as The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this! Portia has been sheltered most of her life but she is a strong and independent woman. She makes her own decisions and she doesn’t need anyone to fight her battles for her. She also isn’t afraid to ask for help from trusted loved ones when she needs it.
I thought it was unique with the Simulator, bringing history to life and allowing us to learn from our founding fathers. It was also interesting to see how Hogrefe tied it all in with the storyline, making it feel almost like a time-traveling novel. This is a fun and unique touch that I haven’t seen in other novels of the same genre.
While the first half of the book focuses on the training and was somewhat boring, the second half was the best. Everything comes together and starts to make sense. The author makes the story completely her own, creating a fast-paced and intense plot.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!
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About Kristen Hogrefe:
Kristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.
Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues.
Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers.
A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.