Many ways to be enslaved in Enslavement

23585287“One world.  One currency.  One bright future.”  That is what the world has become in Enslavement by Melinda Friesen.  Now people have a chip in their hands from OneEarth Bank and there is no longer physical cash.  When you get paid it is loaded into your chip.  You walk into a store, select what you want and walk out.  As you walk out the chip records what you purchased.

Some people have resisted getting the chip like main character Rielle’s parents.  Without the chip there are no longer jobs to have and no money for food and supplies.  But as resistors, Rielle’s parents are taken and she is separated from her big brother and little sister.  She is soon sold into slavery and sent from Minneapolis to Texas where she is abused by the “Banker,” her owner.  She now has a chip but it’s a tracker chip that will alert the Banker if she tries to escape.

The slaves are all kids who are sold and shipped to different parts of the country to work mainly as domestic help.  Majority of the kids have parents who are rebels, who refuse to get the chip.  The Banker is a mean sonofabitch who abuses his slaves.  Then his nephew comes to stay and takes a liking to Rielle.  Taking her on horseback rides and showing her things she shouldn’t see.  Is he helping her or setting her up?

This is an interesting way to think about how our future world could become.  Melinda does a great job with the characters and making the reader care for some and not others.  She made me late back to work from lunch because I didn’t want to put the book away.  I kept thinking about the characters even when I wasn’t reading.  This is an interesting take on what would happen if one government or organization controlled everything about our lives.  This is really worth the time.  I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

Book description:

“One world. One currency. One bright future.”  That’s the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse–but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip.  When Rielle’s parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent’s crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract–a legalized form of slavery–and sold to a wealthy, abusive banker.

The Banker’s secrets hold the key to Rielle’s freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family?

Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat