In History's Prisoners James Garmisch has created such a dystopian world and in my opinion, has done an excellent job of doing so. His story introduces some fascinating technology, characters, and creatures that make up this brave, new world.
His principal characters, Doon, Ava, Huan, Reyanna and Greene all are appealing in different ways and evoke some sympathy and/or understanding from the reader. The world Garmisch has created, within The Alliance has an aspect of utopia, but that utopia is achieved through mind-control and brainwashing. The author manages to weave some interesting questions and philosophical conundrums through his character's actions. At the heart of the story is the overarching question of utopia and slavery versus anarchy and free-will.
An underlying theme to the whole book is that of a forbidden romance between two sworn enemies; an Elite Ranger Soldier of the Alliance, Doon and his sworn enemies, the Global Resistance, Reyanna. The Alliance is crumbling and war is inevitable, but I will have to wait for Book 2 of this series to see what that will mean for these characters.
If you like dystopian novels, I have no doubt you will enjoy this one. It is well-written and creative and sets the scene for what no doubt will be a very enjoyable series. I would strongly urge you to give it a try. A good, solid read for this reviewer and a well-earned four stars.