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The Torturer's Daughter (The Internal Defense Series Book 1) by [Cannon, Zoe]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in The Internal Defense Series (3 Book Series)

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Zoe Cannon writes about the things that fascinate her: outsiders, societies no sane person would want to live in, questions with no easy answers, and the inner workings of the mind. If she couldn't be a writer, she would probably be a psychologist, a penniless philosopher, or a hermit in a cave somewhere. While she'll read anything that isn't nailed down, she considers herself a YA reader and writer at heart. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a giant teddy bear of a dog, and spends entirely too much time on the internet.

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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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How many times can you use the word dissident in a chapter and never actually explain who, what, why people need to be dissidents? This story lacks depth from the very beginning. I think the author wants to leave the reader in a state of exploration but without a foundation for the character's need to oppose the official government the use of dissident as the main problem in the story is meaningless to the reader. Go back and add in a background story, give the main character more of a personality and build the friendship between the two girls in a flash back; then I might read this again and rate it higher.
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The Torturer's Daughter is a gripping thriller set in a dystopian totalitarian society where being a 'dissident' is punishable by death. Informers, 'monitors'-teenagers who are volunteering to monitor dissident activity, reminding us of nazi youths in Hitler's Germany- and forced confessions, make the society in which Becca, the protagonist lives. Her mother is a famous Internal agent, responsible for the disappearances and eventually deaths of many innocent people, as Becca finds out through a series of events that lead her to question the whole regime.

Although the plot itself is gripping and the characters interesting and well rounded, especially the mother and daughter relationship, i felt that there was something missing. I think it was the backdrop, a theme, or an atmosphere, that would help build this scary world where thought police arrested you for expressing doubts. Becca and her friend did normal things like going to the mall, cinemas and everyday life as we know it now, which made this story less believable. Such an evil regime that has no respect for human's rights would benefit from a really immersive, atmospheric background. It would also help explain the society's paranoia with being a dissident.

Although the writer builds enough tension through the protagonist's inner dialogues about being a dissident and through subplots that have this edgy twist to them, she fails to really infuse it with horror by building a believable universe through her narrative.

A background theme, such as constant rain (as in Twilight) or sea fog (as in the Scorpio Races)or a post-apocalyptic landscape (as in Poison Princess) or even a healthy dose of exoticism (as the Lost Girl, which i recently read) would add a lyrical, descriptive quality that would heighten fear, angst and suspense and would make The Torturer's Daughter into a truly exceptional book.
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5 out of 5 stars

"When her best friend Heather calls in the middle of the night, Becca Dalcourt assumes it's the usual drama. Wrong. Heather's parents have been arrested as dissidents - and Becca's mother, the dystopian regime's most infamous torturer, has already executed them for their crimes against the state.

To stop Heather from getting herself killed trying to prove her parents' innocence, Becca hunts for proof of their guilt. She doesn't expect to find evidence that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about the dissidents... and about her mother.

When she risks her life to save a dissident, she learns her mother isn't the only one with secrets - and the plot she uncovers will threaten the lives of the people she loves most. For Becca, it's no longer just a choice between risking execution and ignoring the regime's crimes; she has to decide whose life to save and whose to sacrifice.

It's easy to be a hero when you can save the world, but what about when all you can do is choose how you live in it? THE TORTURER'S DAUGHTER is a story about ordinary life amidst the realities of living under an oppressive regime... and the extraordinary courage it takes to do what's right in a world gone wrong."

If you like dystopian novels with a lot of suspense then you'll love this book. There isn't much in the way of backdrop, but for me this serves to bring the main protagonists into sharper relief, and to heighten the tension. I read this in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Becca's mother is the top state interrogator and hopes her daughter will also want to work for Internal. But when Becca's best friend Heather begs her to help prove that her parents are not enemies of the State, Becca starts to spy on her mother, suspecting her of arranging false confessions which cause innocent people to be tortured.

Becca is a good character. She is honest and loyal, refusing to believe that Heather and her parents are the enemy, even when the whole school is against them. You can imagine how you would feel if your best friends parents were in this kind of trouble and you would want to help or believe it was all a mistake. Becca's snooping and her unguarded comments to her mother and friends is showing dissident traits which could see her executed if she is reported but she won't abandon her principles for an easier life, even if it is safer. I found Heather to be frustrating and a bit too changable to like but her character again is well written. When Jake comes on the scene, you are never too sure about him or his motivations which adds a bit of interest. The character that interested me the most was Becca's mother as we see different sides to her through the book that I liked. She is afraid of her daughter's behaviour and has to juggle loyalty to her with the demands of her job. She was complex and fun to read about and I think Becca's view of her mother is a bit unfair at times.

The book flows nicely with no big info dumps or pointless descriptions. It is simple and effective character based storytelling which I like to see in a book. I also felt that the length of the book was just right.
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