The year is 2149. The Women’s Republic of Anglia seeks to harness forgotten technologies from the time when men ruled the world. Naturals are second-class citizens, while women born through cloning are the true children of the Republic. When Clara Perdue graduates from the prestigious Academy, she is ready to do her part to support the Republic and bring about a better future for all.
But when she stumbles on information that the Republic has tried to keep hidden, she begins to realise that the society she has been taught to believe in – and trained to defend – is not all that it seems. A secret from Clara’s past puts herself, her family, and her friends in danger, and Clara must choose between subservience and rebellion.
In a world where knowledge is power, what you know can save your life. Or it can get you killed.
Release Date: 1st July 2018 // Impress Books
This book is aimed at the older end of young adults and as a fan of This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada, I am grateful to receive a copy of Truth Sister from Impress Books for review.
We meet Carla Perdue getting ready to graduate from Academy with dreams of getting a first so that she can become a Truth Sister. The author describes the Academy and the characters very well that you remember all of the characters even though there are a lot and they pop up throughout the book throughout Carla’s journey into discovering the truth about the world. A lot of things happen in the first few chapters and we learn how naturals are treated and it is reiterated a lot throughout the book that men are the root of evil in the world and now they have become servants to women as the women are being cloned to remain pure and fix the world.
Carla has been bought up believing in the Republic’s ways and believing in cloning as the method for the future, however something happens before her graduation and before she starts her working life as a Truth Sister to make her question all that she was taught to believe and in the governments ways. I did find it a bit unfair how men were blamed for all the disasters because they stored information on computers and then the world ran out of power to access the information stored, but it is a possibly in the real future as we become more dependent on computers. I also did cringe a little when men and women were described as animals for mating naturally compared to relying on cloning for making babies.
Overall I did enjoy the book and having lived in London for most of my life, I enjoyed when Carla visited towns that I’ve lived in / visited myself e.g. Battersea, Clapham Common and Vauxhall. A lot of things are tied up towards the end of the book but also there is enough left for further books in the series, I did keep wondering how the book would end as I kept thinking there was a lot of things to cover when I was 3/4 of the way through the book. It will be interesting to see how Clara will use the information she has learned from being a Truth Sister against the Republic in the future.
About the author:
Whilst holding down a scientific day job, Phil Gilvin served an apprenticeship through attending writing courses, entering competitions and writing novels. Truth Sister is the product of lots of hours, lots of learning and lots of tea. Before turning to writing as a career, Phil spent thirty years managing a service providing radiation badges; before that, he graduated in astrophysics and x-ray astronomy, and spent time as a volunteer teacher in Nigeria. Phil lives in Swindon, UK, with his wife.
More about Phil can be found on his website.