Title: Believers: Truth in Deception
*Series: Believers Book 1
*Series: Believers Book 1
Author: Tamara D. Taylor
Pages: Paperback; 330
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Content Screening: Mild Violence
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy stories about a dire future and who enjoy some religious aspects to their books.
Mary lives in a world of the future where an anti aging drug has torn society apart, creating an insurmountable divide between the wealthy and the poor. Her life is thrown sideways after she receives an unsolicited promotion at work, which leaves her as assistant to one of the most notorious playboys of the wealthy elite.
Mary struggles to find solid footing in a world that drastically conflicts with her humble upbringing. Her moral compass is tested as she finds herself falling in love with a man she knows she should not trust, compromising her relationship with her childhood sweetheart.
After her life is threatened, she fears for her safety and that of her family. Will she be able to guard her own secrets to prevent even further danger? Will death be the consequence of falling in love with the wrong man?
I have a weakness for books about a dire future for our world. The idea that we, as a society, are causing our own demise fascinates me on a real and terrifying level. Tamara Taylor does an amazing job building this future world. Classism, fear and power dictate a cruel way of life for most of the population and most of them would do anything to get their hands on the drug that makes them stop aging.
I enjoyed Mary as a character and her mistrust of "the system". Even her motion sickness really helped shape her as someone normal who gets thrown into extraordinary circumstances. I could have used a little more background on her family and friends but there was enough information to get a feel for where she came from and what she stood for.
The religious parts of the book weren't overwhelming, but they were definitely prominent in the story. If you shy away from books with religion, I would recommend giving this a shot anyway because while it is a theme it is not what I would call preachy.
What kept this from being a 5 for me was the villain. I figured out pretty early on what was happening and that ruined it a bit for me. Overall, it was a nice build to a climactic ending and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I look forward to more from this series!
About the Author
A life long lover of all forms of the written word, Tamara is an avid reader, and has been writing short stories and poetry since elementary school. After watching her son struggle with succeeding in school, she decided to finally write the novel she had been thinking about for years in an effort to show her son that no dream is too big to achieve.
Her latest book is the YA, Believers: Truth in Deception.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.