Shannon kindly sent me a copy of her new book Take Me Tomorrow to read and review. As many of my regular readers know, I am a huge fan of Shannon’s work and I believe that she has an immense talent – I would definitely tip her to become publishing’s ‘next big thing.’
I read a lot and I’d like to think that I know a good book when I see one, Take Me Tomorrow certainly lives up to the expectations that I had for Shannon’s latest release. A complete departure from her Timely Death trilogy, Take Me Tomorrow is the story of Sophia Gray and how her world is turned upside down by the appearance of a dishevelled young man called Noah in the back woods of her property – it seems that everyone knows who he is except her.
Noah brings trouble to what Sophia always thought of as a quiet little town. No sooner has he arrived on the scene than one of her closest friends ends up in hospital with the banned drug ‘Tomo’ in his system.
The society in which Sophia and her friends have been brought up in does not allow its people to question those who govern and rule the ‘States’, yet Sophia isn’t the kind of girl who will blindly follow the rules. It is Sophia’s thirst for a truth that the government would rather stay hidden that sets in motion a series of events that could change everything she and her friends had ever thought to be real.
While Take Me Tomorrow is a YA title, it should be noted that this book deals with themes that will not only resonate with younger readers but also gives food for thought on topics such as propaganda, immigration and drugs – all topics that are front and centre in today’s society.
The drug ‘Tomo’ plays a huge role in this book and is central to driving the story forwards while also raising moral and legal questions in regard to the creation, distribution, selling and using of drugs for practical, physical, and emotional reasons.
Take Me Tomorrow also raises the issue of drug addiction and how damaging such conditions can be not only the user, but those around them who love and care for them. While ‘Tomo’ undoubtedly has some benefits for those who use it, the drug is also capable of creating havoc and destruction with its use indirectly lead to thousands of people losing their lives.
Forced to work against a government that will do anything to wipe out ‘Tomo’ once and for all, Sophia, Noah, their friends and family find themselves fighting a battle that they seem destined to lose. Outnumbered and outgunned, it seems as if the small group stand little or no chance of beating a system that will go to any lengths to leave its people disoriented, compliant and without hope.
That’s really what it comes down to at the end of the day; it is not the drug itself that is important but what it represents: hope. In order to keep its people compliant, the government has taken away their right to move freely from state to state, attempting through threats of recrimination to control the masses and take away their free will.
Take Me Tomorrow asks a lot of questions around thorny issues in today’s society without becoming preachy in its message. While we all have our own opinions on such topics, this book does not try to influence the reader into making anything other than their own considered judgements.
As I have come to expect from Shannon, this book is well-crafted, engaging and very well-written (pretty much a given for this author). While the genre may be classed as ‘Young Adult’, don’t let that fool you; Take Me Tomorrow is an intelligent and thought-provoking piece of writing and one I highly recommend you check out.
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