Boho Book Club Week One- Resist the Machine by C.D. Verhoff

Like all Avants, Clara Spinner’s genetic code, future occupation, and date of death have been predetermined by the government. So when her innermost desires conflict with her rigidly planned life, she must hide them or risk losing everything.

Fresh out of the academy, she loathes her new assignment as a medical technician, but those who complain tend to disappear, so what can she do? Deciding to make the best of it, she works hard to become one of the top techs at the hospital, specializing in the use of memory retrieval equipment. As her skills gain recognition, she begins to make peace with the system until the day a loved one vanishes without a trace.

Seeking answers, Clara’s retrieves a memory nobody was supposed to see. Suspense with a touch of romance—Avant Nation will take you on a thought-provoking ride into the near future.


About the Author:

C.D. Verhoff spent her childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s the fourth of five sisters. No brothers. Her background includes medical lab processor, elementary school teacher, and registered representative in insurance and finance.

Back up a few years (okay, a lot of years), to her senior year of high school. She was working part-time in a legal office. On a slow week when the boss was on vacation, she started her first fantasy novel. The book was terrible, but an aspiring novelist was born. Unfortunately, getting published didn’t seem like a realistic goal, so she filed away the dream and worked toward degrees in business and education. Later, when she left the workforce to become a stay-at-home mom, the writing bug resurfaced. She recently returned to full-time employment as a preschool teacher, but the novels keep coming.

Her interests include weird trivia, quotable quotes, education, Saint John Paul II, dogs, dragons, history, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Walking Dead, Person of Interest, The Middle, Mr. Robot, coffee and chocolate. She is currently working on book three of the Avant Nation series, Fear the Machine, and hopes to publish it before the Spring of 2018.

This month, I’m participating in the online book club organized by The Bohemian Housewife. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a book club. I mean, since PK (pre-kids) time. I’ve gotten to know Alisha and some of the other bloggers a little ao I wanted to be a part of this month’s. And I can say if all the books are as good as this one, I will be in every month. So far, this book is good. It has all the things I like, a rebellious female lead, lots of great dialog, and a fast-moving plot. For this first week, we only needed to read the first seven chapters, but I have a feeling I will finish this by the end of the week.

Each week, there will be a different question(s) for us to answer and then we have a chance to comment and discuss with each other, but also each of our blog readers. I will try hard not to give away any spoilers, but if I do, I will make sure to announce it first.

As the blurb states, this is a futuristic world where everyone is placed in a different niche based on need. The life path for each person is predetermined before they are even created/ bred. Procreation, like we know, does not happen. Rather humans are created in an artificial womb, “awakened”, and place with a family. This is not a new concept, but I never get tired of reading stories focusing on this kind of life.

As a reader, the “workings” of Avantica fascinate me. The idea that science can become so advanced as to actually create genetic code in order to create any type of desired human, amazes me.  I’m seriously in awe of the brain power something like that would require. However, I strongly believe that just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. I like free-will and I think it is a gift that comes with a high price tag but is worth it. So the free-spirit hippie in mean is yelling (best Cheech and Chong voice) “Down with the man.”

In regards to the second question:

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If a being is considered a “defective” they are sent away to a mysterious island. If saving them from injury costs the government too much money they are left to die. I absolutely don’t like this part of the story, but I understand it completes the world this author has tried to create. It does bring up some uncomfortable ideas though. For example, one character commits suicide. Because of that, she is deemed unworthy of any more medical expense. If you look at the situation from a fiscal side only, healing this person only to have her succeed in committing suicide later would be a waste of money that could go to help someone else.  I don’t think we can judge the value of human life based on money, though. To do so puts the power of God in the wrong hands.

Come back next week and I’ll be answering another question about this book. Thank Boehmian Housewife for putting this together. Each week there is a chance for a great giveaway.

Boho Book Club October Giveaway

Check out the other bloggers participating and see how they answered these questions.



  1. This sounds like an intriguing story! I love dystopian books so this will have to go on my TBR. Thanks for sharing! ❤️

  2. I completely agree with your answer for the second question! It was definitely uncomfortable to read about how they only care for you if you had a lot of productive years left. I couldn’t imagine living in a society that decides your fate for you.

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