Friday, November 10, 2017

THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller Official Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway


The State controls your emotions. What would you pay to feel free?

In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors and provokes emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.


“The Dark Intercept grabbed me from the first page and shook me until the last. A riveting and suspenseful story of love, risk, and betrayal.” —EMMY LAYBOURNE, author of Berserker, Sweet, and the Monument 14 trilogy

“A chilling and thought-provoking look at the power of weaponized emotion.” —MELISSA LANDERS, author of the Alienated trilogy and Starflight

“Both cautionary and hopeful—a rare, literary feat.” —GENNIFER ALBIN, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel World trilogy

“A stormy, spine-tingling ride in which everything remembered and once felt in your life can be used against you.” —BLUE BALLIETT, author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game

“The Dark Intercept goes straight to the heart of why privacy matters in today's world. Keller has written an accessible coming-of-age adventure where the teenage protagonist comes to understand the consequences of living in a society that monitors everyone's emotions, including her own.” —MICHAEL C. ROBINSON, Chair of the American Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee's Privacy Subcommittee

“Julia Keller writes so viscerally that she takes the readers with her into the worlds she has created. The Intercept is a fascinating springboard which she uses to explore the importance of feelings, and how they affect our lives and choices.” —BETSY FRASER, Selector, Calgary Public Library (Alberta, Canada), and 2016 YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award-winner

My Review

Dystopian Books are my all time favorite reads, so I just knew I would fall for this story from the first page to the very last.

Old earth is in shambles because of all the wars and destruction. Something has to be done.  So Violet's father created a New Earth, where everything is clean, everyone is healthy and living in a utopia. However, Crowley needed something to help keep the peace and tranquility.  Rumors started about an invention that will collect all emotions...and this invention could push emotions back to the person, controlling them.  This is how Kendall and Danny Mayhew was allowed admittance into New Earth.

The Intercept is thought to be foolproof.  All emotions are collected and stored to use against a person if needed.  But as everyone knows, nothing is foolproof.

Violet's crush Danny has secrets.

And she is on a mission to find them out.

Rebels want to take down the Intercept.

You don't know who you can trust.

This creative world was fascinating to read and experience.  It had quite a few unexpected twists that caused quite an impact on the story.  It was fast paced with a massive amount of suspense.  I really enjoyed learning more about the characters and their stories.  I would have enjoyed learning a little more about how Old Earth came to a crumbling mess, however I found it interesting and disturbing at the same time how the two worlds exist. Old Earth is dark and cruel and suffering, which makes this world feel real with despair.  Mixed in with this dystopian world, is the Science fiction imagination how New earth was created and how the Intercept came to be.  That creative imagination alone makes for a great read.  (How do authors come up with this stuff??)

The story ends beautifully with no cliffhanger, so you have that feel of closure at the end.  I highly recommend this book.  If you enjoy a creative imagination with TONS of emotion, you will get a thrill out of this read.


Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel (2013); Back Home; and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

Photo Credit: Elaine Phillips

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