The Lens and The Looker by: Lory S. Kaufman

9904384Title: The Lens and The Looker
Author: Lori S. Kaufman
Publisher: The Fiction Studio
Pages: 322
Series: The Verona Trilogy
Format: Paperback
Source: Pump Up Your Book Promotions


It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.

In this first of a trilogy, we meet three spoiled teens in the year 2347. Hansum almost 17, is good looking and athletic. Shamira, 15, is sassy, independent and an artistic genius. Lincoln, 14, is the smart-aleck. But you don’t have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find his insecurities.

These three “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history.

My Thoughts:

When you are a misbehaving teen in the 24th century your punishment is History Camp.  There kids live out a period in time with no A. I there to guide them.  Three teens Hansum, Shamira, and Lincoln end up in Verona Italy, which teachers who enact scenes for them to learn.  These three need  to learn how to behave but when these three strike out against the program they are kidnapped and sent to the real Verona Italy in 1347 where they either adapt to where they are or they will die.

This book was incredible with the action and adventure and watching them try to adapt to their situations.  This book offers a look at what 1347 Verona has to offer with slaves or orphans obeying their masters. They end up with cuts, toothaches and quickly learn if they get sick or injured in this world they may not survive it.  They also learn how to best a servant who has been rough on them with the help of AI pan who scared the servant into submission.  While all this is going on Hansum known as Romero in this time frame is falling for the Masters daughter Guilietta.  Even though he has been warned against her by their master.

This book was a great story and storytelling ability.  I definitely put this up with a lot of the dystopian books out there today.  It will hook you wanting to know what is going to happen next.


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