Book Review: Golden State

In California of the future, lying is illegal – and basically the worst offense a person can commit. Someone caught telling a white lie, for instance, will spend more time in jail than someone who commits theft. There is even a division of the police – the Speculative Service – devoted to sussing out lies (with an ESP-like ability) and bringing these criminals to justice. Lazlo Ratesic is one such Speculator. He’s gruff, does things by the book, and doesn’t take too kindly to being stuck with a junior partner. But when a case leads him to discover that the system may not be as perfect as it seems, Ratesic is dead set on uncovering the truth.

I enjoyed the concept of this one, but it plays out as an action movie. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I think there could have been a bit more focus on character development. PS – this isn’t YA, but it kinda reminded me of Divergent.

3 out of 5 stars.