Another great read by author Larry Tate, The List was almost impossible to put down. The writing is so smooth and easy to read, it allows your imagination to see the minute details of the characters and their ever-changing environment. This book is based a few hundred years in the future and Earth's inhabitants are living with the consequences of policies made in the 20th and 21st centuries. What seems like a good idea or practically harmless to us living during these policy changes has snowballed beyond belief through the centuries.
At the present time, the UN's Agenda 21 and the Clean Energy or Green movement have stated that man is not properly taking care of the earth. Both our government and foreign governments are currently buying up hoards of resources and land as a means of "protecting" our planet. In this futuristic book, mankind has been banished below ground, leaving the topside for the flora and fauna to flourish. A small infraction of the laws, such as having too much food or speaking out against the government, will move a person's name higher up on the List. In our present time, the retirement age has been raised by just a few years and this seems like a small, harmless change. But imagine raising the retirement age until there is no retirement; people must be productive for the good of everyone living in the Underworld. When one can no longer produce in their government-assigned job, their name is moved to the top of the List. You don't want your name moving higher on the List!
Mark is the main character of this book and, luckily, had his un-intimidated grandfather to fill him in on what life was like above ground; when man was free to think for himself, own possessions and travel about freely. As a small child, Mark's mind was a like a sponge as his grandfather passed on stories told by his own great-grandfather about life "topside", even though talking about such was a crime. In a world where everyone belongs to the same class (except the unknown and self-appointed leaders), Mark finds himself wanting more from life. Mark and his best friend plan a daring escape from the Underworld. Although there are problems, their escape is successful. They begin a magnificent yet frightening journey topside, with the authorities chasing just hours, sometimes even minutes behind them. Poisonous plants and wild beasts are life-threatening, but returning to the Underground would mean instant torture and death in the public square.
At times, the story was so intense, I had an unbelievable grasp on my kindle and felt the need to come up for air! I don't believe anyone would be disappointed with this book. It is very well-written and would make a fantastic movie. I highly recommend this book; if you liked the Hunger Games, you will thoroughly enjoy The List, too.