About the Book
Book: The Underground Book Readers: The Secret Society
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Upper Middle Grade, Pre-Teen, Teen, YA Christian Fiction Dystopian
Release date: December 15, 2022
In a world without books, schools, churches, and parents, how can teens and pre-teens find each other and work to bring back a world like the world before? Ever watchful, this group of friends meet in an underground cavern in the mountains of Virginia. Rumors of spies, enemy soldiers, and the possibility of finding their parents, keep these friends searching to make a better life for everyone.
In Book 1, The Secret Society, the original four members of the group discover others who, like them, have lost their parents and older siblings. These friends bond together and form a strong new family. Together, they discover new documents, clues, and tools to assist in their adventures. In the hope of someday finding others who can help establish a new settlement, they study, plan, and make discoveries that will propel them forward in their journey. Are others hiding from the World Force Soldiers? They are determined to find the answer.
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Guest Review from Donna
What I think you should know:
The Underground Book Readers: The Secret Society is the first 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.
What I think about this book as the Mom of a YA Reader:
This is a fun and unique book with a great group of diverse characters. I love how the author included a variety of disabilities as well as races in the small group of characters that are in the first books. While the book is dystopian fiction it does include some valuable lessons for teens . I think that this would be a fun book to read as a book for a book club.
Bonus for me:
A character with a Celiac like illness who is not portrayed as weird and is readily embraced!
What I think about this book:
This book caught my attention from the first page. Overton did a magnificent job of creating a dystopian world that will be young adult friendly, but still entertaining for other readers. I loved the variety of characters, even with a small group it had a character who most would relate to in some way or another. I love dystopian fiction so it is really nice to have a Christian Friendly version that I can read and recommend to others. My only complaint is that the book is not nearly long enough. I can’t wait to see what happens next to our small band of Heros.
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, and Reader’s Favorite Awards. 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.
More from Terry
This book came from my concern about children and teens not being able to read many of the classic books we cherish. My concern that many children and teens do not value reading, our faith, and our freedoms, is the reason for the book being a dystopian story. In this new world, there are no books, school, or churches.
Here is the intro:
The world was not ready for what happened. And in the mountains and valleys of Virginia, a group of young friends wondered what to do in this different world. Their parents and older siblings were taken away, or “disappeared,” and have not been seen since that fateful day. Schools were destroyed, churches burned, and books banned. There was no fuel or electricity available for the anyone. Cars and other vehicles no longer worked and were found abandoned beside the roads rusting and in disrepair. Only the World Force military had fuel and vehicles.
The discovery of books, documents, tools, clues, and other teens hiding in the countryside, brought hope to group of friends who met daily deep in the cavern. Follow their journey of hope and adventure through the series: The Underground Book Readers.
And what do teens do when their world has changed and there are no parents or other friendly adults? They find each other, find forbidden books such as Huckleberry Finn and the Bible, hide in a cavern, read, study, and plan for a better world.
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2 thoughts on “The Underground Book Readers: The Secret Society Review and Giveaway”
Sounds like a good story.
Thank you for sharing this review of The Underground Book Readers: The Secret Society, this sounds like a wonderful story that my teen-aged grandchildren and I will enjoy reading
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