Saturday, June 8, 2013

Concealed in the Shadows Spotlight...

Title:  Concealed In The Shadows
Author:  Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Purchase Link:  Amazon Link

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033 -- her eighteenth birthday.  She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and enter world.  She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.                              
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous.  Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier.  Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology.  Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.                                
What Sydney doesn't know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces.  With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her -- can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other?  Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love?  When her sister's life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known.  The cost could be deadly...

How will she choose?

Enjoy This Futuristic Newspaper Article Guest Post by Gabrielle:

Vote NO!  Chip Implants:  An Extreme Violation of Rights
January 2014

Above all else, the United States of America has been a shinning symbol of democracy and freedom.  Thank God we are still exercising democratic policy so that we the people can vote to protect our right to liberty.

I still don't believe that we truly voted to deprive ourselves of geographical freedom but, nonetheless, "county" living will soon be our reality.  The government is now trying to pass chip implants off as the only way that they can enforce the law that we supposedly passed.

The propaganda states that the chips' ability to track citizens will not only enforce our civic duty to be selfless and live in within a specified circle, but that they will help locate kidnapped children, abducted adults, and people with Alzheimer's or mental illnesses who are lost.  Really, the chips will allow the government to track citizens' every move.  That is a severe invasion of privacy, especially for those individuals who are leaders of the current protests.

The chips are also being advocated for because they will eliminate the need for paper money -- lowering our national debt and reducing crimes like identity theft and the purchase of illegal substances.  But since the government will have omniscient control of these chips, do we really trust that their automatic tax withdrawal will be fair?  Personally, I don't put it past them to give unlawful breaks to their preferred businesses, thus driving the economy as they see fit.

Perhaps most concerning is that the chips will monitor individuals' health.  With an ever-increasing rise in cancer and other fatal illnesses, the opportunity to catch these and other diseases early can be alluring.  However, I happen to know that Congress' next draft of the relocation bill will include stipulations on population growth.  In fact, I believe this push may take the front seat from energy conservation.  Pregnancies beyond the allowance or of a certain type will be considered a health concern.  I fear what the technological advance chips might be able to do in such cases.

Mandatory chip implants are an extreme violation of our rights.  We must not be so naive as to think the historically proven 'absolute power corrupts absolutely' is not applicable to our country.  Yes, our duty is to protect the future of our country.  De-unifying our strong nation and putting unprecedented power in the hands of its leaders is not my suggestion for safeguarding the existence and success of The United States of America.  I will vote no.  I beg you to consider what could become, and do the same.

Gabrielle Arrowsmith writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching.  Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.


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