Sovereignty by Anjenique Hughes
Category: YA fiction, 262 pages
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Release date: July 19, 2016
Tour dates: May 15 to June 2, 2017
Content Rating: PG (No F-words, no sexual content, only one kissing scene and mild profanity)
I used to think I knew all the answers; now I no longer even know the questions. – Goro
Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century’s world’s government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn’t know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his
closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
Why did you write this book?
I’ve worked with inner city youth throughout the entirety of my teaching career, and I am hoping the book will encourage and inspire young people. Young people can have a tremendous resilience in their lives, if they choose to tap into this strength. I want youth to know that what they think or how they feel about themselves can make or break their core belief in themselves and their propensity for success in life. The next generation can take courage and stand up for what they believe in, realizing there are more choices than they realize!
What does the title “Sovereignty” mean and why did you choose it?
This is one of my favorite 50 cent words! According to Miriam-Webster, the word sovereignty means “supreme, unlimited power over a country.” In my book, those in charge have absolute power over the entire world. The one world government, known as the Sovereign Regime, is in control of everything that occurs. I chose this title because I wanted to convey oppression through the extreme rule of a governing body, thus setting the stage for brave rebellion against nearly impossible odds.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
During the day, I am a high school English and math teacher extraordinaire- at night, I write!
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
The most courageous thing I’ve ever done was probably going into the West Bank in Israel on my own. I was traveling solo, on a diplomatic mission at the time, and I was detained at the border and interrogated for over seven hours by the Israeli Mossad. There have been multiple times I have entered hostile territories in the Middle East and I have had to be creative in my entrance strategies, to say the least. Let’s just say I love a challenge!
Did you do any research for your book?
I conducted tons of research. Apart from Krav Maga, which I currently practice, I spoke with SWAT officers, former Navy Seals, LAPD officers, weapons experts, and the list goes on!
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