I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Torturer's Daughter by Zoe Cannon
Series: Internal Defense #1
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
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When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it's the usual drama. Wrong. Heather's parents have been arrested as dissidents - and Becca's mother, the dystopian regime's most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.
To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents' innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn't expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents... and about her mother.
When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn't the only one with secrets - and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it's no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime's crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.
It's easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER'S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime... and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what's right in a world gone wrong.(
This is at its fundamental, a book about a teenage girl named Becca facing hard moral choices in a totalitarian America. The story revolves around her relationship with her mother, her best friend, and a new guy in her life.
You can certainly feel the danger and paranoia of a society where being branded a dissident for the seemingly innocent of actions can lead one to his or her death. However, this book is character-driven, not world-driven and much of the situation remains in mystery, other than being told this way is better than the old “corrupted” way of things, and that in the past the government was corrupt.
There is a point where several characters change completely. Becca’s friend seems to be a mess and fear, etc. really change her personality. The other one (the love interest) changes in the end, and makes you question everything they went through.
In the book Becca certainly had hard choices to make, and lots to sort out. The book does a good job of covering this and letting us into her world. Many of her choices were baffling, but then again she is a teenage girl. The whole book is essentially Becca and her relationships.
NOTE: This differs from my original review since I have now read the entire series. The sequel very much deals with the resistance and Becca’s part in it