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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Unbelieve 2096 by L.W. Brook is a great post-Armageddon novel for young people that takes place in (surprise!) 2096. It is a very believable future where survival is everything and everyone must make the grade or be hunted and killed or exiled. The protagonist, Oliver, is a very conscientious young man whose idealism is a danger to him and everyone he loves as long as he stays in New World, a colony of stark survivalists. This post-apocalyptic colony of New World is run by its creator and founder Isaak Kazimer and whatever else Isaak believes in, freedom, dignity, and happiness were not part of his plans for the New World colony.
I liked Unbelieve 2096. It reminded me of the Shirley Jackson classic, The Lottery. There are a lot of positive messages for young people in Unbelieve 2096 as well as appropriate levels of fun and adventure. The plot is all about rebellion and revolution and those always appeal to teenagers. By showing us this repressed compound of people cut off from the outside world, L.W. Brook gives us a lot of insight into how people and societies govern themselves. Oliver is a good character, but actually I liked his best friend Ryker Smith a lot more, and Oliver’s sister Valentine would make a great heroine in anyone’s book. Young adults everywhere will root for Oliver as he strives to tear down a system that destroyed his family. Boys especially will love Unbelieve 2096.