**Expected publication March 2018**
Samuel Aden Moore is a high school teacher for the North American Commonwealth. The NAC is a totalitarian regime that controls the eastern half of the US. Sam is a member of the Directorate which rules the NAC. He has always followed the party line while enjoying some of the forbidden contraband, such as novels and history books.
When some of his students introduced him to the ideology of the Western Alliance his resolve to remain an arm of the Directorate starts to crack. Then Katie Spenser provides him a short-wave radio where he can listen to the WA broadcasts. She also has a video of the death camps run by the NAC. Now, Sam questions everything he has been taught.
Chalk’s novel, Revolution 2050, caught me hook, link, and sinker right off the bat. I dove eagerly into this book and rapidly consumed Part 1. Part 2 was the total opposite. It was long and boring. Chalk even delved into the paranormal here. This section could have easily been condensed into a couple of chapters or for the most part cut completely out of the book. Part 3 recaptured my interest but not to the level as the beginning. The ending left the story wide open to a sequel.
Watching Sam struggle with his morality and grow into a leader was well written. The overall storyline is very original. The similarities with many things happening currently in our real world are eerily concerning. This novel certainly proves Edmund Burke’s quote – “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
A good editor is needed to clean up and streamline the story. The middle punched the air out of my balloon. Therefore, I am unable to give more than 3 out of 5 stars.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free from the publisher. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.