Age of Resolve: The E.V. Chronicles

Ilene Grydsuk

Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 286 Price: (paperback) $20.99 ISBN: 9781663244772 Reviewed: April, 2023 Author Website: Visit »

Age of Resolve: The E.V. Chronicles is a dystopian YA science fiction novel set 100 years since the “Correction,” a reset movement that erased the misguided ideology and fake intentions of an ancient civilization bent on destroying itself.

Readers understand that the replaced civilization is our current one, which was plagued with cyberbullying, gambling, drug trafficking, lies, rumors, and innuendo, all of which have been corrected in this society. The new regime, called Biodome, is now the world’s one true power, but its universal moral compass that all persons are born with, known as the existential virus (EV), is under attack. The destruction of EV would mean ending the Age of Resolve (the new society) and returning to previous times.

Everett Steele, 17, has just transitioned from a high school student to a Biodome agent, a worker in this dystopian society. Like others, she’s required to start her job immediately after high school. As the story unfolds, she and fellow Biodome agent Jake join a crusade to save EV from destruction, which they believe would prevent humanity from falling into the chaos of free will, which doomed the earlier civilization.

Author Ilene Grydsuk skilfully builds this world, creating a scenario that will convince readers a movement like the Correction could actually happen. She explains in detail how the Correction occurred, hooking readers’ into the story, and the novel’s action keeps the pages quickly turning.

Meanwhile, the dynamic partnership between Everett and Jake as they go on their missions is equally believable and nicely layered, and the relationship they gradually build gives readers keen insight into their hopes, dreams, and thoughts.

The novel has a gripping mystery regarding the human race and its genes at its core. Readers will be enthralled by this mystery and by the narrative’s intriguing perspective on a world that required correction in the first place.

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