“Matt Tremain publishes VeritÃ©, a modest blog dedicated to writing about the truth and exposing scams. Currently, heâ€™s following up on rumors concerning something called CleanSweep, a mysterious project in Toronto, Canada.
Matt gets his break when a whistleblower connects CleanSweep to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen plans to rid Toronto of undesirables, beginning with street people and extending to any citizens who donâ€™t match Claussenâ€™s restrictive screening matrix.
With the help of a high-ranking government official, Claussen plans to incite riots and violent unrest, conning Torontonians into sacrificing privacy and civil liberties for illusionary security and safety. Toronto will be reduced to a repressive city-state.
The information overwhelms Matt, who doubts he has the courage, skill, or readership to take on CleanSweep. But the murder of his source convinces the blogger to take a standâ€”although heâ€™s too late to prevent chaos from gripping Torontoâ€™s streets.
To get the word out, Mattâ€™s going to need allies. He may have found some in a Toronto police detective and a local TV reporter pursuing the same storyâ€”presuming they arenâ€™t allied with Claussen. If they are, Mattâ€™s going to become yet another victim of CleanSweep, and the truth will be buried forever.”
I was intrigued by the Blogger Saves the World premise of this book.Â I like realistic dystopian narratives.Â This should have been a good fit for me.
However,Â I had a really hard time getting into this book.Â The opening chapter presents a lot of background information in the form of clunky internal dialogue that had me cringing.Â It never pulled me in and made me feel like there were high stakes and real consequences.Â Books like this should be hard to put down and this one was all too easy to walk away from.
I received a free ebook for review.