Review: THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia Keller

Reading time 3 mins

THE DARK INTERCEPT featured some really interesting sci-fi concepts. I had hoped hopes for it.

Violet is the New Earth president’s daughter. Her mother is dead. Violet works at crime prevention at the intercept headquarters. The Intercept is a crime prevention chip that records and can play back emotions and memories. Everyone in all of earth has an intercept chip.

New earth is a city in the sky where everything is perfect. The residents were hand chosen for either their status, potential or wealth. The intercept chips keep everyone in line and there is no crime. Old earth residents are the leftovers. They are the lowlifes, the criminals and the poor. They also have intercept chips but no one monitors what happens to them so crime is rampant.

Like I said, the set-up for the story is awesome. Unfortunately, the main character, Violet, is completely pre-occupied by her lust for a cop who acts suspiciously throughout most of this story. The first scene in this story is Violet saving the cop, Danny, from being killed on old earth. I honestly expected the bad guy he was chasing to end up being the love interest. I guess I read too many books where that happens.

Danny is not the bad guy per se, but I felt him guilty of something throughout most of this book. I didn’t get what she saw in Danny. It wasn’t until almost the end of this story that I actually warmed to him.

There were vividly described scenes in this story. I also think the story moved at an excellent pace. The world was not well described. New earth, for all its perfection gets hardly any description. I have no idea what it looks like except that it is cleaner than old earth. Old earth is pretty well described but since most of the story takes place on new earth that didn’t help me much.

I still don’t understand how a whole bunch of citizens of earth left so many people behind to fend for themselves. Maybe I do, but it reminded me of WWII a little but without the Gestapo to threaten people. This society has the intercept to keep the new citizens in check way before protesting. The thing is that the intercept came into play after half the population left the other half to die in old earth. Violet doesn’t even remember old earth, so we can’t really blame her. Danny is a recent addition to new earth so he misses it.

Violet’s character felt a bit flat to me. She has a best friend and we do get a little of her story, but mainly she is there to move Violet and the story forward. Danny and Violet have a non-existent relationship until Violet decides to spy on Danny to find out why he keeps going to old earth.

The ending contained a twist that just killed would have my enjoyment of this story, had I not already had issues with it. Side characters, that really had minimal involvement in the story suddenly become key players. I really disliked the ending of this story because it felt so off from the rest of it. The intercept plays a role but betrayal is an even bigger role. Although this is the first in a series, it could be a stand alone since it tells a complete story. I doubt I will continue reading this series.

My Rating


Review: THE DARK INTERCEPT by Julia KellerThe Dark Intercept by Julia Keller
Series: The Dark Intercept #1
Published by Tor Teen on October 31st 2017
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, General, Dystopian, Science Fiction
eARC provided by HarperCollins

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The Dark Intercept by Julia Keller is the beginning of a “riveting” (Emmy Laybourne) science fiction adventure that challenges the voluntary surrender of liberties for the perception of safety.
When the state controls your emotions, how hard will you fight to feel free?
In a radiant world of endless summer, the Intercept keeps the peace. Violet Crowley, the sixteen-year-old daughter of New Earth’s Founding Father, has spent her life in comfort and safety. Her days are easy thanks to the Intercept, a crime-prevention device that monitors emotion. But when her long-time crush, Danny Mayhew, gets into a dangerous altercation on Old Earth, Violet launches a secret investigation to find out what he's hiding. An investigation that will lead her to question everything she's ever known about Danny, her father, and the power of the Intercept.
Much like the device itself, The Dark Intercept will get under your skin.
The Dark Intercept grabbed me from the first page and shook me until the last.” —Emmy Laybourne, author of Berserker, Sweet, and the Monument 14 trilogy
“A rare, literary feat.” —Gennifer Albin, New York Times bestselling author of the Crewel World trilogy

About Julia Keller

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University, then later earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University.

She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton and Ohio State Universities, and the University of Notre Dame. She is a guest essayist on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and has been a contributor on CNN and NBC Nightly News. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Julia lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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  1. Laura Thomas
    October 16, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    This is a new author for me. I’ll probably pass on the book but what a great cover. Thanks for sharing your review:)

    • Karen Blue
      October 17, 2017 at 7:44 am - Reply

      You bet, thanks for stopping by to check it out. I probably should have passed as well. But look at that cover!

  2. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight October 17, 2017 at 2:51 am - Reply

    I like the cover! But the story sounds a bit messy with things happening suddenly and the lack of world building and all that. Well the author was able to do the scenes and the pacing well, so that’s something it sounds like you enjoyed at least 🙂

    • Karen Blue
      October 17, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

      It was organized, but it lacked depth. This author has a whole adult series but I don’t think it is sci-fi. I think this is her first attempt at sci-fi & YA. It was okay but it did have a few problem areas. Thanks for checking out my review!

  3. Nadene @Totally Addicted to Reading October 17, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Sorry this id not turn out as you expected. Hope your next read will be better. Have a great day.
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  4. kindlemom1 October 17, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Such a bummer there were so many issues with the story and then the ending kind of made it worse for you It sounded like it had so much potential too. Wonderful honest review!

  5. kimbacaffeinate October 17, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I love the premise, too bad this didn’t deliver what you hoped for. I love the cover.

  6. Jenea's Book Obsession October 18, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

    It did sound like it would be a good sci-fi read, but it kinda sounds like it all over the place. Too bad too. The cover is amazing though. Sorry it wasn’t as good as you were hoping it would be.

  7. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity October 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I like the concept but it sounds like it was a bit of a ‘meh’ read overall. I would be frustrated to realise there is hardly any new earth description, that’s the bread and butter of books. Knowing what places look like. And the MC sounds like they could be frustrating. It does sound like a really interesting read, though, so I think I’ll be adding this to my TBR to beg my library to get.
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    • Karen Blue
      October 22, 2017 at 10:19 am - Reply

      I did finish it so it wasn’t all bad. It just had so much potential to be better. Thanks for checking out my review!

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