The USA is in turmoil — terrorist threats, racial tensions rising, borders threatened — and President Prescot has no interest in fixing the divided country. Ben Shapiro explores this bleak possible future of the USA in True Allegiance.
What I liked
✅ 'MURICA — there were some interesting ideas which explored a bleak, but possible, future USA
What I didn't like
✖ why do I keep doing this to myself? Why keep reading? Do I enjoy pain? Absolutely everything about this book is just awful — seriously, where do I begin?
✖ every character is bland, flat, unfeeling 2D cutouts without a real personality or well-developed motivations
✖ dialogue is stilted, unbelievable and hamfisted; filled with boring, page-long political speeches, cliches and author-surrogate talk
✖ garbled, messy plot which jumps around from perspective to perspective without much forethought or structural planning
✖ the writing style was just terrible — oddly sexual descriptions and metaphors, cliches emerging which I thought died in the 90s, one-word sentences and one-word paragraphs, page upon page of backstory — must I continue?
✖ absolutely no subtlety or delicacy when it comes to the book's themes — the author's voice is loud, amateurish and inept
✖ the writing is just bad — really bad
Genre: action, thriller, spy
Verdict: NO. JUST NO. STOP.