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This new thriller, “Agenda 21,” written by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke depicts a scary scenario of how the United Nations voluntary plan Agenda 21 could change the way we all live. Portions of the book already hint at the deterioration of the freedoms we hold dear, and the “Afterword” explains how the novel came about and lays out some of the details of the actual Agenda 21 and what readers can do to keep it from turning into the scary scenario Parke laid out in her novel.

The novel "Agenda 21" presents a scary scenario of the United Nations plan by the same name.

The novel “Agenda 21” presents a scary scenario of the United Nations plan by the same name.

The story starts with a family of three living in the Republic, which in the recent past was the United States of America, and ruled by the Authority. Gatekeepers patrol and record the movements of the Citizens of each Compound day and night. They deliver the food rations to Citizens in their Living Spaces. Citizens wear uniforms according to their work assignments and women wear head scarves to denote their status. They perform assigned labor or walk on energy boards to supply energy to the Republic.

Citizens make no choices of their own. At a designated age, children submit to fertility tests and the Authority pairs them with mates. They reproduce children to populate the Republic, but they never see or raise their offspring. The Authority takes the babies to the Children’s Village where their basic needs are met. 

The Authority confiscated all of the books, papers and writing equipment from the citizens and gathered everyone together at Social Update Meetings to relay the news they want the Citizens to know.

Emmeline lives with her father and mother in a compound and undergoes the examination for fertility. Unlike most children, Emmeline got to stay with her parents while others went to live in the Children’s Village. Eventually the Authority partners Emmeline with George and she becomes pregnant.

George and her family hatch a plan for them all to leave the confines of the Compound and live in the unknown outside world, but before the plan becomes reality disaster strikes, and Emmeline faces her challenges in the Republic by herself.

Another character, Joan, makes a familiar statement in the book. She says, “So nobody can be better than anyone else. No one can be stronger or smarter. No one can be outstanding. All Citizens are equal. All get the same rewards….” Does this sound like something we hear now? Think about it!

The drama never ceases as the story unfolds, and Emmeline learns the harsh reality of how the Republic came to power and the freedoms and lifestyle everyone lost. Emmeline takes her cues from things she heard from her mother like “If it’s monitored, you have to do it.” She also remembers, “Save what you think you are going to lose,” the word “trust” also continually comes up over time.

One Twitter friend, @SarjuntJ, tweeted about the novel, “That is such a cool story! I cheered, I swore, I worried about poor Emmeline! And I love the ‘first person’ perspective!”

I agree with @SarjuntJ’s perspective on the book, but I look at Emmeline as the strong, silent type, who awakens from the nightmare and takes things into her own hands. One person can make a difference, but she needs to have all of the information to make an informed decision, so she can do what needs to be done. Emmeline learned and had the courage to do what needed to be done.

I highly recommend everyone reads this book. We get too involved in our everyday lives and let evil sneak up on us. We need to pay attention and take action to keep the freedoms we hold dear and to “save what you think you are going to lose!” Read the book! Take the action!

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