Poster Girl

Morrow. Oct. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780358164098. $26.99. SF
Sonya Kantor, formerly the face of the totalitarian regime that once ruled the Seattle–Portland megacity, has been relegated to a locked ghetto with all of that dictatorship’s remaining adherents. The Delegation controlled the behavior of everyone who lived under its all-seeing eye, but Sonya and her family were true believers. Sentenced to life imprisonment, all she believes in now is survival. When an enemy offers her a chance at freedom if she investigates the disappearance of one young girl, she agrees, but doing so will expose the true nature of her beliefs, her family, and her own complicity in crimes that neither she nor the current administration want to see the light of day. While the actions of surveillance states are chilling, it’s Sonya’s journey that carries the reader through this walk into dark places, as the deeper she looks into the mystery, the more is revealed about her and her family’s crimes.
VERDICT Roth’s (Chosen Ones) latest is highly recommended for readers of dystopian fiction, lovers of Philip K. Dick’s thought-police science fiction, and anyone who wants to see how far “If you see something, say something” can be led astray.
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