Soledad: Dark Republic 1, by DL Young is a post-apocalyptic story about a woman who when she chews a certain herb can tell if someone is lying or not. In the Dark Republic, a Mad-Max style world set in Texas after the collapse of the America we know today (after what event exactly, we’re not told), the protagonist Soledad is abducted from her family and enslaved to a war-lord intent on taking over the whole state. Anyone she discovers lying to the war-lord is taken out and shot, and the story begins with her no longer wanting to help the war-lord. She’s pissed off and determined to escape, but that’s not going to be an easy task. The story leads her to discover some hard truths about her family and brings her to a place she never thought she’d come to.
This is a well-written, riveting story that I simply could not put down so I read it in one sitting. Soledad is complex, easy to relate to and believable. If you like fast-paced stories set in a future primitive world this is well-worth a read.
Unfortunately, the sequel is out of my price range, and it’s a little dark for me to stretch to it.
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