Lord Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Secular totalitarian governments, no matter how utopian their intent, distort humanity as they force their relativistic materialism upon an unwilling nature. Opportunists may work the system. The less fortunate may crumble under pressure, numbing their pain with drugs. The few resist and lead others out of this dystopian world.
Re-education and/or elimination awaits each dissenter. Nevertheless, subversion flourishes. The resistance travels underground within the cities, settles in far flung colonies, and bores within the power structure spreading their poisonous doctrine of personal dignity, individual freedom and family life.
Liberty, a genetically modified, nineteen year old retirement home worker, befriends the elderly, treating them as family. “Her Friend,” an inner voice, leads her down a path of dissatisfaction with the regime’s plans for her future. When the regime and the resistance detect Liberty’s dissent, the hunt begins. Electronic surveillance records and tracks Liberty and other runaways, but dissenters attempt to frustrate these deadly video games. Can they snatch Liberty before the regime closes in?
Follow Liberty’s fortunes as she and her allies reinvent the Scarlet Pimpernel in a futuristic setting. Chasing Liberty deserves a place on the bookshelf among dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, 1984, The Brave New World and Myles Connolly’s Mr. Blue.
Good news, a sequel nears completion.