About the Book
Book: The Underground Book Readers: United Forces
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Middle grade, pre-teen, teen dystopian
Release date: March 1, 2023
In the second book of The Underground Book Readers, Leena, Kahn, Casey, Jairus, Asher, and Conroy face unpredicted challenges. The World Force tightens its grip on the remaining teens and children of the Blue Ridge Mountains area. Increased patrols and drones are seen nearly every day as they visit their underground cavern to read forbidden books and study the Bible. The Underground Book Readers attempt to find out the identity and purpose of a new threatening group seen on a nearby mountain while they continue to work on an escape tunnel. But they soon discover there is more under Leena’s house than a cellar. The underground group design a spy mission to the other mountain. Questions remain about possible escapees who left to find a free territory in what used to be called the United States in the world before.
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Guest Review from Donna
What I think you should know:
The Underground Book Readers: United Forces is the second book in a series by Terry Overton. It is Young Adult Christian Dystopian fiction that is appropriate for Middle grades and higher. It is set in a Dystopian version of Virginia around 2031. I would not recommend starting the series with this book, to fully understand readers need to read the first book in the series, The Secret Society.
What I think about this book as the Mom of a YA Reader:
This would be a very fun book to read with your preteen or teen. This book also talks about some of the important documents related to the founding of The United States of America. This would be a unique way to incorporate a study of the documents. I think that this would be a great book to read for a book club. My son’s first question after reading this book was “How soon can we get the next book?”
What I think about this book:
Overton has done a brilliant job of creating a dystopian world that will be young adult friendly, while still being intriguing for adult readers. I enjoyed the characters and appreciate some of the twists that the author put into this book. I enjoyed this book even more than I did the first book in the series. I am excited to see where the author takes the series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement writing Christian fiction books and devotionals. She hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing and touch the lives of her readers. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. Her books have earned Bookfest Awards, Firebird Award Winner, American Writing Award Gold, International Finalist Book Award, Reader Views Awards, Reader’s Favorite Awards and the Mom’s Choice Award. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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The series was motivated by discussions with local community and school librarians who expressed frustration with their inability to order and display classic books, and newer conservative or Christian based books, in their own libraries. The series reflects what is currently seen in many news stories where parents are outraged by the books their own children are being shown in schools. This Christian dystopian book series, written for middle grade readers and up, is an attempt to remind children of the blessings of books and of the Bible. In addition, several historic documents and time periods are discussed. It is my hope that introducing these topics in this way will pique curiosity of young readers who may not have had the opportunity to study these documents and events.
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Thank you for sharing this review of The Underground Book Readers: United Forces, this sounds like an excellent story to read with my grandchildren
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