On the Shelf Reviews: The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi 

Book Description:

Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.


I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Jay Lawton is a good guy. Always does his best, helps others and completes his community service without complaint. He wants to get the highest score ever in his testing and go to the Promise City. But then his competitor (arch-nemesis is probably a bit too strong here) Blake, who was tipped for success, gets banished. Jay uncovers the truth about his planet overnight (literally) and he must do everything he can to stop the testings.

I found the goody-goody Jay character a bit annoying at first, a bit too strait laced, but as the story goes on he begins to rebel, he becomes a lot more interesting.

While I was reading this book I honestly thought to myself, ‘if this is how good Sci-Fi is why aren’t I reading more??’ It is so fast paced and action packed, I enjoyed it so much, when I finished it I wanted to read more!

My only issue was the few too many conveniently overheard conversations to drive the plot along and the last few chapters felt a little rushed but overall it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Rating: 5/5

Author: ljwrites85

Aspiring author. Mother. General procrastinator. Book Nerd.

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