About the Book
Book: Veiled Sun
Author: Brett Armstrong
Genre: Christian Dystopian, Sci-Fi
AD 2040: Every day the world slips further into lies. Seventeen-year-old Elliott knows that better than most. Project Alexandria is rewriting history, shaping the world according to sinister goals. To stop it, Elliott must assemble the “Veiled Sun”, a secret program written by his grandfather. The only people he can count on are siegers—outlaws who use their coding skills for purposes almost as nefarious as Project Alexandria. Overcoming the schemes and betrayals all around him, he’s the world’s best hope to save reality, if he doesn’t lose hold of it himself.
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About the Author
Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers hauntingly sorrowful historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Day Moon and Veiled Sun), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Where he heads next is as much a discovery for him as readers. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope.
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In the near-future world of Veiled Sun, reality is an endangered species. The erosion of confidence in traditional sources of undisputed truth–media, government, academia and science, religion, family, and friends—forces continual skepticism and self-reliance. At the same time, technology is making it more and more possible to “escape” reality. Virtual reality allows us to trick our minds into thinking we’ve literally stepped into another world and augmented reality brings elements of other worlds into our own. Deep Fake is even offering the ability to change past realities by manipulating audio and video recordings in ways our minds can’t distinguish from the real thing.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.”
Veiled Sun follows a teen who knows that reality is being tampered with for nefarious purposes. More important he also sees beyond the physical reality to the spiritual while handling an attack on both. Believers need to be firmly grounded in their faith in a world that increasingly muddles the lines between real and not real, truth and falsehood. There’s research that suggests our brains interpret what we read in the same way as lived experiences. So, in a sense GK Chesterton and others were right when they told us long ago that what we read becomes a part of us. My hope is readers will be better prepared to weather the storms that will come against their faith and hold onto the Truth even as truth is increasingly difficult to discern from fiction.
It finally happened. I officially like dystopia. This book has brought me to the truth that this genre can be very entertaining while weaving God’s word in the story. The author has surpassed my expectations of a world in the future. The year is AD 2040. Technology is one of unexplained algorithms and invisibility, brainwashing, hallucinations and more tricks to deceive the world.
It didn’t take me long to join Elliott on his adventure to stop Project Alexandria. He holds the key gifted to him by his grandfather. A mere seventeen years old, Elliott is ready to take on the enemy and assemble the “Veiled Sun.” The program can stop the evil but first Elliott must be able to gather all the data to put it together like a puzzle.
The story is a very fast paced adventure into a world where iPads are thought of as obsolete. I had to laugh at that as I am writing my review on an iPad right now. The author is brilliant in his description of various programs that need to be used in order to counter the destruction that is about to take place. Elliott is running against the clock as people around him try to stop him from completing his mission. I loved how Elliott declared his faith and quoted scripture to help him overcome obstacles. Just when I thought a character could be trusted, the author slams me with the reality that greed overcomes doing the right thing for some.
It was ironic to read about how hackers were trying to take down the government, overthrow the Feds and cripple the world. During this time in our own world, that very thing seems to be happening. Enemies are out there and we have to be on guard at all times. The author reminds us that God is always near. Elliott is shot at, drugged and at times kept in a state of semi conscious. It was hard for him to decipher what was real and what was a dream. Those moments in the story are some of the best writing from a person who shows his ability to take readers into the world of dystopia. I have never read so fast in my life because I had to know what was happening at every moment. My surroundings disappeared as I walked with Elliott on his journey to undo what the enemy was trying to use for evil.
The ending is a cliffhanger and I am hoping the author is busy on the next book because I won’t be able to wait long. Will Elliott succeed at what his grandfather couldn’t? Can Elliott discern who to trust? This is one of the best dystopia books I have ever read.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate his tour, Brett is giving away the grand prize package of a gift basket consisting of a signed copy of each book, book swag (including specially made bookmarks, story excerpt crafts, and character cards), and a $10 Amazon gift card!!
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