The Recalcitrant Project


Readers’ Favorite Review of The Recalcitrant Project!   The Recalcitrant Project by Lauren Lynne sets the bar high when it comes to technological horror in young adult fiction. Elise Andrek is a brilliant student programmer living in a dystopian 2034. After the Third World War, a universal way of living was established that took away civil liberties. The citizenry is convulsing with civil unrest, and those who do not conform to the established system undergo reconditioning and a system of eradication for uncooperative citizens. This is how Elise gets involved in the Recalcitrant Project, where she designs a game that the government uses to kill 3,787 students. She joins a resistance group, the Recalcitrants to shut the game down permanently and to put everything behind her. As a fugitive from an oppressive government, her goal to stop the game will put her and the people she cares about in harm’s way.


Lauren Lynne is a keen observer of the dynamics of what makes a good thriller. A heavy burden is placed upon Elise, who is too young and innocent to be placed in a difficult situation when all she wants is to live a peaceful life. The Recalcitrant Project immediately triggers your expectations of a gripping dark thriller, as it establishes a clear setting and background story from the first chapter. What makes this tech thriller even more spine-tingling is the feasibility of its premise. In a world that is beginning to embrace virtual reality in gaming, how can we dismiss the idea that such technology will not be used by future technocrats as a weapon of mass destruction? This is not your average YA dystopian theme. It is a bold prediction of what the future might become. If Hollywood is into adapting YA books for the big screen, this one should be on the top of their list.



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The Recalcitrant Project

Re·cal·ci·trant, adjective: having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline. Recalcitrant, noun: a person with an obstinately uncooperative attitude.


They’re not sure who I am. They think I’m an outlier – someone who lies outside the norm. So why haven’t they killed me yet? Perhaps they hope to reprogram me because they need me to put the finishing touches on their deadly game. They are desperate to know what is in my head and how I can outsmart computers but I will never tell.

My name is Elise Andrak and I live in the new North. I come from a sparkling city that everyone believes is perfect, but I know otherwise. I know things I should not know. I’ve seen things I was never meant to see or understand. I’m seventeen years old and I’m wanted… dead or alive by my own government. This is my story – believe it and be assured that it’s true. Don’t allow yourself to be blinded by their lies anymore. Save yourself before it’s too late. Only you can free yourself from this, but you must have the courage to try. I hope I have the courage to escape The Recalcitrant Project.

Elise and her classmates are up for their final trial before graduation except that something goes horribly wrong. As they enter their trial, Elise comes to realize she’s seen it all before, but how? In a dream? In a message? In a computer game? Yes, the computer game she’d been beta testing. The question remains… why her? And what does it all mean?


Our history books tell us that after the third world war everything changed. Our government, in an effort to protect those of us who remained, took away nearly all of our personal rights and freedoms. A universal way of living was established for the populace, supposedly for our safety. At the time the citizens agreed it was for the best, but as always, there were a few who were unafraid to speak out. Dissenters were made an example of and many simply disappeared. During that time a legend was born and even though the government tried to kill the idea, it lives on: It says that one will come who will break the system and save us from our crushing government. Personally, I don’t care about all that. My life is normal, but then I’ve never known any different. I know it is best to just go on, do your job and not cause any trouble. The latest news confirms this.
“As a result of the civil unrest that has broken out among our citizenry, new laws are being enforced. Those who do not conform to the lot they are given and choose to defy our great nation shall be reconditioned, so on this day, February 26, 2066, we the government, will begin a new system of eradication of those citizens we find to be obstinately uncooperative in their attitude toward authority and discipline.”
…And so begins the Recalcitrant Project.10904257_10204410664321597_1706411817_n
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