Friday, September 29, 2017

•٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•٠• Review For Roll Call: Book #1 in the Roll Call Trilogy by Gwen Mansfield •٠•● Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ●•٠•

Roll Call 
Book #1 in the Roll Call Trilogy 
by Gwen Mansfield
372 pages

Published March 12th 2015

In 2067 the asteroid Jurbay severs the continent, amputating 
22 western states and submerging them into the Pacific 
Ocean in the course of a day. Sixteen years later, caught in 
the 2083 post-apocalyptic world, Avery DeTornada, the 22 
year old daughter of great leaders, struggles to step into 
leadership herself and release her community from the 
domination of The Third. Avery and her comrades Shaw, 
McGinty and Pasha operate undercover, working in the city
 of Reichel within the oppressive government of The Third.

Their undercover status allows them to work quietly, 

developing covert strategies to assimilate information and 
pass it on to the others in The 28 United rebellion. Avery and
 her team have no idea how many of those loyal to the 28 
United there are, and without that information it is impossible
 to move on to the next step of opposing The Third.

In a dystopian society The Third successfully obtains the 

allegiance of its citizens by removing their memories of 
family and home, creating a need for misplaced devotion. 
The Third suspects there may be those inside their ranks that
 believe in an alternative government based on the outdated 
workings of democracy. They acknowledge the only way to 
root out the rebels is to place GEBs (genetically engineered 
beings) among the workers to uncover those disloyal. The 
Third secretly replaces chosen citizens with GEBs who 
collect information and report back to The Third.

Avery discovers two of her own have been replaced, and by

 purposely getting herself arrested she is able to find and 
free Shaw and Pasha who join up with her and McGinty. 
Once The Third discovers the rebels have escaped they 
become the hunted and flee for Red Grove, the command 
center of The 28 United. Along the way they collect a ragtag
 army of dump pickers, library boys and minstrels, coming 
face to face with the creatures of the dump, the 
brainswappers of the forest and the effects of the 14 
Deadlies. Avery meets Raben, a leader among the dump 
pickers. Through their intense escape, the danger of 
rebellion and the growth of The 28 United Raben and Avery
 find a love for each other, but Avery struggles with letting go
 of her longtime friend, McGinty and reconciling her feelings 
for him that have always bordered on more than friendship.

Once they arrive at Red Grove Avery DeTornada says, “If 

only we knew how many loyal ones we are dealing with. Is it 
a hundred? A thousand? Ten thousand? With a hundred we 
are only trying to hide, avoid The Third and maybe convince
 them that we are no threat. With a thousand we might 
attempt planting a few more subterraneans inside The Third.
 But with ten thousand we form an army. With ten thousand
we go to war. We have to get a count—have a roll call.”

Pasha discovers how to send a secret message to The 28 

United rebels and hundreds show up at Red Grove. After 
being compromised by GEBs, Avery realizes she must send 
the loyal ones up to the New Coastline to colonize and train 
for battle while she, McGinty, Shaw and Pasha return once 
more inside The Third, this time undercover in the night 
patrol, collecting valuable information for an offensive plan.

After capturing Degnan, a scientist and doctor on the outs 

with The Third, Avery and the others join in an unholy 
alliance with Degnan, living by day in his hidden tunnel 
adjoining the GEB lab.

They discover sinkholes sucking down sections of the city. 

There are secrets in the caverns of the History Labyrinth 
deep underground. Will Avery and her friends be able to 
escape The Third before they are discovered? With The 
Third on the verge of recognizing the rebels in their midst and
 Avery getting closer to the discovery of The Third’s battle 
plans, an army of four inside The Third isn’t enough.

Wow what a book! This is the first book by Gwen Mansfield 
and is really an interesting well-written book. I've already got
the second book to read.

This is Avery's story. And be warned this book will really tug 
at your emotions. I cried, was mad, happy, and so angry 
I wanted to reach in the book and kill. Especially the jackass 
that killed kids. I was so proud of her taking charge but the 
things she has been through would have killed anyone else.
 Then there is Morris that kid is so smart him and the little 
librarians. If she can keep them alive. Then I love the way 
they defy the third when it comes to marriage but not to sure
 about who gets married. And I can see there is more than 
one who wants Avery. This book is truly amazing t would
 make a wonderful movie well several as it is a series. 
Oh and wait till you meet Ulysses and Pepper that was
 something and then there is Chapman such a sweet kid. 
I am off to read book two now.

Now before I ruin this for you I will leave off here. I hope you 
enjoy this book as much as I did. If you do like this book, 
please consider leaving a review. The Authors really like it 
when you do; they value your opinions too

GWEN MANSFIELD is the author of the historical fiction
and the stage plays: GRACE DINER, EXPERIMENT 
her first novel in the young adult genre. The characters and 
plot surprises she discovered while writing ROLL CALL made
 it impossible to say goodbye to Avery DeTornada and 
inspired her to continue writing books two and three, INSIDE 
THE THIRD (available in December 2015) and RELUCTANT
 WARRIORS. Gwen lives in the Northwest with her husband 
and children.

Words from Gwen...

"DON’T MAKE ME WRITE THIS BOOK! What is it that calls

 a writer who just finished writing a historical fiction about a 
quirky kid in the sixties fighting for social justice (Experiment
 Station Road) to write a young adult trilogy? Dystopian 
literature? Post-Apocalyptic storytelling? I don’t think so. 
I like to read the genre--not interested in writing it. So why?
 It’s the haunting. The idea dropped in my head while driving
 to school and my teaching job in early February 2013—
complete with Avery DeTornada and her identity crisis, 
leading the way and accompanied by a cast of characters I
 found both engaging and revolting. Could I really say “forget
 it”? I did say that, more than once. But I couldn’t turn the 
ideas off, and everything I was working on that was unrelated
 to Roll Call just ran away into the sunset, waiting for another
 day. Haunting—it’s a good thing."

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