The Dark Intercept (The Dark Intercept #1)
By: Julia Keller
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
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 Intercept controls the emotions of citizens, and a big question it raises is who has control over your emotions and actions. Does a government have that right? Can you elaborate on your inspiration for the New Earth world you created and the technology it contains.
To me, the best fiction is the kind that’s totally made up – but that reminds us constantly of issues and problems that are really going on in the world today. That’s what I try to do in THE DARK INTERCEPT: Create a future world that has never existed, of course, but that is so detailed and visceral that you feel like you’ve probably been there before.
Technology is such a huge moral issue today. That’s what I wanted to explore in THE DARK INTERCEPT: Just because we are able to do these amazing things with technology, does that mean we should do them? Many people are worried—in real life—about the government’s intrusion in our private lives. But what if that intrusion is done to keep us safe?
In the future, the government will have an even greater opportunity to keep tabs on us. We all may eventually confront the same dilemma that Violet faces:
Should we give up our privacy to ensure our safety? Is that a good trade-off?
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.
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