by Anjenique Hughes
Under the totalitarian reign of the 23rd century's world's government- The Sovereign Regime- control is made possible by the identity chip implanted in every human being, recording everything that is seen, done, and experienced.
No more bank accounts.
No more smart phones.
No more secrets.
When Goro inadvertently overhears an exchange of sensitive information, causing him to confront the truth about his world and prompting him to choose his true loyalties, his dream of revolution kicks into high gear. Goro doesn't know he has covert intel in his possession both the SR and the resistance movement are desperate to acquire.
Determined to attempt the impossible task of bringing down the world government, he and his closest friends gain access to the key to ultimately deciding who has sovereignty.
But who will get to Goro first: The resistance or the Sovereign Regime?
About the Author
With master's degrees in education, special education, and counseling, Anjenique "Jen" Hughes is a high school English and math teacher who loves teaching and mentoring young people. She enjoys traveling and has worked with youth on five continents. Saying she is "young at heart" is an understatement; she is fluent in sarcasm, breaks eardrums with her teacher voice (students have complained when they were within earshot), and cracks sarcastic jokes with the best of her students. Her work with ethnically and socioeconomically diverse youth has inspired her to write books that appeal to a broad variety of students seeking stories of bravery, perseverance, loyalty, and success.
One thing I love about being a teacher is seeing student's get excited when they "get it." While working with a couple of my 7th graders on Math last week, I witnessed their cherubic grins when they understood how to complete the Algebra problem on their own. "Give me another one! Give me a harder one!" were the chorus of shouts I received. They of course don't see that I am grinning from ear to ear on the inside.
Most professions don't have the glamour and six-figure salary, but I can truly say that I LOVE what I do: teaching young people academics as well as teaching them about, well...life! "Make your own way," I say. "Soldier on. Press through the crappy circumstances and forge ahead. You will grow incredible character if you don't give up."
I also teach high school, my favorite age group. They get my sarcasm, which tends to fly over the heads of the younger ones. It wasn’t so long ago that I was navigating the teenage years myself and I can remember how difficult those years were. It is so important for these young people to have at least one person in their lives (who isn’t a parent) that believes in them and tells them so, every day.
In Sovereignty, Goro, Alex, and Cory are all 18-year-old young men who are making their own way in their world as it is (I named the three main characters in my novel after the three high school students who influenced my life in a profound way). These three encounter intense obstacles and witness unimaginable horrors, yet they emerge on the other side smelling like roses. I hope most students aren’t faced with the same types of challenges, but all the same I want them to know that they are not alone. Moral of the story: DON’T give up!!! ☺