Imagine that you were a troublesome youth and the way you were dealt with was that you were sent to a History Camp. What’s a History Camp you ask? Well, it’s a camp where people from your time recreate the past. You could be sent to WWI in Germany or to 1900 in Spain. You have to live in this new world and do what your elders tell you until they are satisfied. It’s a very different world than yours- how do you cope?
The Lens and the Looker
Title: The Lens and the Looker (The Verona Trilogy #1)
Author: Lory Kaufman
Format: Paperback, 338 pages
Source: Received in exchange for an honest review from iRead Book Tours
It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan. In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities. These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.
About the Author
Lory Kaufman lives and works in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His post-dystopian novels and their positive bent come from his interest in environmentalism, sustainability, population studies, history, and wanting to have a serious discussion about the future. Plus, he likes to have a good time
When I first heard about this book I thought that the concept was really interesting and was very excited to read the book. A History Camp that teaches youths not to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors? That seems pretty cool! I wish we had this- might help us develop even further, or teach youth how different things used to be. I picked this book up and started reading. It was good, but it didn’t wow me. I enjoyed the book and finished it, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to go directly to the second and third books. I will pick up the rest of the series, but probably when I’m done a few more books on my TBR pile.
The characters in this book were really good- I absolutely loved Hansum and Shamira. Lincoln was okay, but he was starting to get on my nerves a bit and I just wanted to shake some sense into him. I found the love story that started to develop really cute and thought that the names that were used were awesome.
Overall, this was a good book and I recommend that you pick it up and try it for yourself. The concept was good and it was written well. (The author is also Canadian, so that made me want to pick up the book even more- I can’t NOT support Canadian authors!)
3 out of 5 Hippos
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