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Dark Intercept by Julia Keller

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Why is this science fiction book - set in New Earth as well as the earth where we live -  in an Appalachian literature site? Because its author was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, and graduated from Marshall University there, and because her seven mystery novels are set in fictional Ackers Gap, West Virginia. O.K.?  This is a YA novel that centers of sixteen-year=old Violet Crowley, the daughter of New Earth's Founding Father. The title comes from the name of a device on New Earth that prevents crime by monitoring emotion. “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.

New York: Tor Teen, 2017. 314 pages. Hardback in dust jacket.