The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller (Guest Post, Review & Giveaway)

You never know what kind of world you'll step in when picking up a book
from Tor Teen. This one is futuristic, unique, with an engaging plot. Check
out some survival tips and my full review, and enter the giveaway below...

The Dark Intercept
(The Dark Intercept #1)
by Julia Keller
YA Dystopian
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
October 31st 2017 by Tor Teen


The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.

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Praise for the Book

The Dark Intercept grabbed me from the first page and shook me until the last. A riveting and suspenseful story of love, risk, and betrayal.” —EMMY LAYBOURNE, author of Berserker, Sweet, and the Monument 14 trilogy

“A chilling and thought-provoking look at the power of weaponized emotion.” —MELISSA LANDERS, author of the Alienated trilogy and Starflight

“Both cautionary and hopeful—a rare, literary feat.” —GENNIFER ALBIN, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel World trilogy

“A stormy, spine-tingling ride in which everything remembered and once felt in your life can be used against you.” —BLUE BALLIETT, author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game

The Dark Intercept goes straight to the heart of why privacy matters in today's world. Keller has written an accessible coming-of-age adventure where the teenage protagonist comes to understand the consequences of living in a society that monitors everyone's emotions, including her own.” —MICHAEL C. ROBINSON, Chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee's Privacy Subcommittee

“Julia Keller writes so viscerally that she takes the readers with her into the worlds she has created. The Intercept is a fascinating springboard which she uses to explore the importance of feelings, and how they affect our lives and choices.” —BETSY FRASER, Selector, Calgary Public Library (Alberta, Canada), and 2016 YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award-winner

Violet's Survival Guide

Ten pieces of advice from Violet on surviving on New Earth and/or old Earth and the Intercept.

  1. Never let your guard down
  2. Know who your friends are
  3. Don’t trust strangers—except when they save your life
  4. Follow your instincts
  5. Dream big
  6. Work hard
  7. Love fiercely
  8. Do what your parents tell you to do—except when they’re wrong 
  9. Keep your wrist console fully charged
  10. When traveling between New Earth and Old Earth, don’t forget your Dramamine

My Review

THE DARK INTERCEPT is riveting from beginning to end. The futuristic world is creative, intriguing, and plausible. The characters are genuine and easy to invest in. Readers will have no choice but to get pulled into this story until it lets them go at the very end. Highly recommended to dystopian fans!

I have to note how much I love the cover for this book! It's just plain cool looking and fits the story really well. It's one thing that drew me to this story as I love sci-fi and dystopians. Obviously, it helped that what was past the cover, the story inside, fit.

I also really like these characters. I do wish there was more Danny and more between him and Violet because I didn't feel completely invited into their relationship, but it still worked. The technology and the politics felt right on, as did Old Earth and New Earth. I thought Violet's time on Old Earth a little to easy. It seems like it should have been harder, but I like how it made her think about her life and what life down on Old Earth really was like. I love the family and friendship dynamics particularly. And when all is said and done, I really enjoyed this story!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This story surprised me a little. In a good way. It definitely kept me engaged from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to more from this series and author!

Content: Some violence and mild language.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Jean Book Nerd Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Photo Credit: Elaine Phillips

Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013); Back Home; and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

- 3 Winners will receive a The Dark Intercept Swag (Tote Bag, Notebook and Copy) by Julia Keller.
- Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter | Ends November 25, 2017

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