cover of The Price of Rebellion by Michael Bland

It’s 2047. Secrets have been revealed. And Washington wants revenge.

Dray Quintero learned an ugly truth: the leaders in D.C. are fake. They’ve stolen the identities of those duly elected to Congress and are determined to stay in power, using his own technology against him and the rest of the population.

After revealing the dangers of their government-mandated implants to his fellow citizens, and calling on everyone to rise up, Dray joins the already-underway rebellion. But his joining is as much to free the United States as it is to avenge his daughter’s death. Before he can strike, The Agency attacks with devastating consequences. Dray and the other survivors are forced to run. Agents hunt them, cutting off resources and hope.

Then Dray makes a discovery that could change their fate—and the future of the nation.

As he and the rebels prepare a bold offensive, his wife Mina broadcasts a preposterous claim. He must choose between the fight and a desperate hope. Between family and country.

What he does will change everything.

The Price of Rebellion is the action-packed second installment of The Price Of series from multiple-award–winning author Michael C Bland.

My Review of The Price of Rebellion

A well-crafted tale of the darker side of rebellion and the price sticking up for your beliefs can exact when your opposition is powerful and growing more so every day.

I went into this without having read the first book, and while there were things I feel could have been enhanced by reading the previous installment, I never felt as though I was truly missing anything. There was enough backstory to give me a clear idea of what came before without sacrificing the here and now of this book. From start to finish, tension was high and conflicts were huge. This world is frightening because it is too much like what ours could look like, and while I try not to be the kind of person who sees Earth’s future in every novel with the slightest dystopian angle, this one struck me particularly strongly. A great exploration of the benefits and drawbacks of technology. Tech can do some wonderful things (and has), but it also has fantastic potential to do harm. Like anything else, it’s a balancing act, and this story captured that beautifully.

I cannot recommend this enough for anyone wanting a near-future dystopian story with real-life consequences and deeply human characters. There is plenty of action and intrigue to keep things moving. For me, the individual action sequences seemed to go just a bit too long, but others may feel differently and this certainly does not detract from the overall quality of the story.

About Michael Bland

Michael’s debut novel The Price of Safety was published in 2020. Though released during a global pandemic, The Price of Safety reached #7 in Amazon’s rankings for Dystopian novels and won awards for both Science Fiction and Thriller (by Indie Book Awards) as well as New Fiction (by National Indie Excellence Awards). The second novel in the trilogy, The Price of Rebellion, was released in May 2023. It won Best  Science Fiction Novel of 2022 by Indies Today and was awarded a Bronze Medal for Science Fiction by Readers Favorite.

Michael is a founding member and the secretary of BookPod, an online book support group. He currently lives in Florida and is working on the third book in The Price of trilogy.


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