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.
I liked this book a lot. Clara was presented with contradictory facts time and again but still maintains the ability to question. The author seems to have created her as the perfect bridge between the two worlds. She deals with everything she is exposed to with an almost childlike curiosity, even though a lot of her thinking is clouded by her breading as an Avant. I don’t want to say any more about this in particular because I don’t want any spoilers in this post. I will say that I think in the next book, we are going to see her having to make some very difficult decisions and not all of them will have pleasant outcomes. If she is going to change the truth will probably hit her very hard.
If you like dystopian novels with a slight twist on the typical hunger games trope, you will like this book. I found myself unable to figure out the ending like I can in most books I read. So that pushed me to hurry and read this because I had to know what happened. The characters are very well-developed and I think the world building is flawless.