When his best friend Hector is suddenly taken away, Standish Treadwell realises that it is up to him, his grandfather and a small band of rebels to confront and defeat the ever-present oppressive forces of The Motherland. Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing in this original and spellbinding book.
Set in the not so distant future where a big brother type government controls the media, schooling system, and the social and economic lives of its people, Standish Treadwell comes across a secret that will ruin the perfect world projected by The Motherland. This novel reminded me of two of my favorite novels: George Orwell’s 1984 (the setting) and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (Standish seems like a reinvention of Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley – the outsider that saves us), which only added to the depth and breadth of my reading of it.
Standish is an unlikely hero as he does not ‘fit’ the model of the perfect citizen – tall, heavily built with one blue and one brown eye – Standish proves two very important points: 1.) dreams can come true; and 2.) one person can make a difference.
Don’t be fooled by its short chapters, readability, and its YA label. There’s much between the lines, behind the words, and within the story. I very much enjoyed it and recommend it highly.