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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Regress is the first book in SF Benson's The Alliance Chronicles. The book tells the story of Tru, who values her creativity and her ability to express herself through art. In her world, however, creativity is outlawed, and a vaccine against a disease that everyone receives at the end of their teenage years has the side effect of killing people's creativity. Tru would rather be dead than lose her creativity, and when she meets a friend from the past, she might even find a way to keep what she values so much. But at what cost? Tru and her friends also find out that the vaccine has another side effect that nobody knows about. The government has plans the public knows nothing about. Will Tru and her friends be the ones to make a difference?
The characters in Regress by SF Benson have to make some difficult decisions during the development of the plot, and have to face the fact that they have been told quite a few lies by the government - and by people close to them. The idea of the government using lies to get people using a vaccine that is supposed to save humanity isn't really that far fetched, and the idea of them lying about side effects isn't either! It can be quite scary to think about how easy it would be for a government to mislead people, and what the consequences could be. The plot is interesting, and definitely makes you think about the world and some of the problems we face. I would recommend this book to people who like a mix of dystopia, coming of age, and not so far in the future science fiction.