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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Take Back by Stella Wallace is a dystopian novel set in the future where everyone is for themselves. In the future, homeless people are everywhere. No jobs, fewer resources, and too many global epidemics have brought people to the streets. They have lost their voice and their power to stand up; the military and the police are oppressing and bringing people down and it seems like there is no end to this misery. However, unbeknownst to many, there is a group of people who are planning a resistance that will actually be successful. All they need is more loyal and trusted manpower along with some firepower to bring the elite down and make everyone equal again. But it is not easy, especially when the enemy is everywhere and there aren’t many people the resistance can trust. They need to plant a mole within the elite, but can they find a person trustworthy enough to do it?
The Take Back is a thrilling tale about a near future that is scary yet very possible. The absolutely desolate society portrayed in this novel was too real and raw for me to stomach. I knew there would be many characters in this novel, but I was expecting them to make me confused. A new character was introduced in almost every chapter, yet instead of confusing me, the character added more layers to the story and made it even more enjoyable. Starting with Dex Stringer, we get a powerful character called Del, then we have Amir, Richie, Bodhi, and John; all of these characters have their own goal in the plot. Some bring comfort; others bring normality to life. They all have a purpose and the author makes sure that they serve it to their fullest potential. An intricate and entertaining novel!