The government uses fear to control you. Show no fear, and they will destroy you. Still raw from the death of his parents, eighteen-year-old Tommy Bailey isn't sure if he wants to live--until he meets complex and intriguing Careen. He comes to her aid during a terrorist gas-strike, sharing his last dose of the government-mandated antidote that, they've been told, is key to their survival. Without enough antidote, the teens expect to die. Instead, they discover the terrorist attack wasn't real, and the antidote was never meant to protect them--it was meant to dull their thoughts and make them easy to control. As he and Careen search for the truth, Tommy learns that his parents were operatives in an underground resistance group that's fighting to overthrow the government. The Resistance expects him to continue his parents' crusade. The government's hunting him down. Which side will get to him first?
Once upon a time, Tracy Lawson was a little girl with a big imagination who wanted to write books when she grew up. Her interests in dance, theater, and other forms of make-believe led to a career in the performing arts, where “work” means she gets to do things like tap dance, choreograph musicals, and weave stories.
Tommy and Careen's relationship is complicated. I mean, who has time for love when you're trying to start a revolution?
This week, heading into Valentine's Day, I pulled the scene in which Tommy sees Careen for the first time.
He's still recovering from injuries suffered in the car crash that killed his parents. His confidence is at an all-time low. What will she see when she looks at him?
Counteract: A YA Dystopian Thriller
From the kitchen window, he saw a cute girl about his age walking down the sidewalk on the other side of the hedges. She looked familiar, but he couldn’t seem to place her. The wind ruffled her dark brown bangs and she combed them back into place with her fingers. She was slender, but he could tell by the way her sweater clung to her curves that she was definitely…squeezable. Today’s a good day for new beginnings. He noticed the crutches leaning against the wall, grabbed them and carried them outside. He wanted people to see him as whole. I want her to see me...He smiled at her and was encouraged when she smiled back. He pointedly tossed the crutches in the trash.