CHASING FREEDOM

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2016 Dragon Awards Nominee, Best Apocalyptic Novel

Freedom is lost, but not forgotten.
In 2040s America, civility is prized above truth, conformity above free expression, and “green” living above basic human needs. Most have given up, too busy trying to survive in a country where life is cheap and necessities are scarce. Yet even in the midst of drudgery and despair, unbroken spirits remain.
Julie is a girl who has everything, including a plan to ignite the spark of resistance.
Randy dreams of winning Julie’s love and escaping the emptiness of over-regulated life.
Joseph seeks revenge on the system for a family tragedy.
Daniel is a young artist, who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
Chris is an orphan prepared to do the unthinkable to protect his younger sister.
Whether by choice or by accident, each will take a path on a collision course with the oppressive regime. Will they find the freedom they desire? Or will the cost of defiance prove too high to bear?

“Riveting dystopian thriller with fun-loving, vivid characters, full of hope and triumph.”

“Because the author, Marina Fontaine, spent approximately her first 20 years in the old Soviet Union, Chasing Freedom is particularly fascinating among the current wave of near-future dystopias. An oppressive U.S.A is described with familiar detail by someone who has, in fact, lived it.”

Author note: I love reading dystopias and wanted to do my own take that is less dark and more hopeful than the norm for the genre. Anthem by Ayn Rand showed me that a dystopian genre can be used not just to scare, but also to provide hope.

Be advised that there is reference to torture in the book.  It is not graphically depicted, but it may be an upsetting subject for some readers.