Reviews and Press

The Rogues, Book One: The Revisionary (2017)

  • Author interview by Ashley Jones of BigSisterKnows.com 

Q:  This is your first dystopian novel. Was this genre important to the message? – Ashley Jones

A: … I wanted to present a dystopia of a different kind, one that looks backward to find the wisdom to move forward. – Kristen Hogrefe

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  • Review by Candidly-Jo.com

What started as a way to bring her brother back morphed into a battle for knowledge and, ultimately, truth…

The world Kristen created in The Revisionary is reminiscent of that in the Hunger Games, but our heroine’s journey of discovery is comparable to that of Tris’ in Divergent. If you liked either of those series, The Revisionary is an obvious MUST read. – Jordan

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  • Review by Christian Books for Tweens and Teens

The Revisionary is a sharply written dystopian tale with an interesting protagonist and supporting characters. The well-woven plot takes some interesting turns, including journeys of a sort back into American history. The political and relational intrigues and subtle spirituality were captivating.  This is a book readers should look forward to reading. – Glenn Haggerty

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  • Goodreads reviews

I’ve never read a book that ties history so closely with a futuristic dystopia before and I found it strangely impacting to see how history may affect the future someday. For those that have a passion for change on a large scale—this book will inspire you. – Cassia Schaar

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The Rogues, Book Two: The Revolutionary (2018)

Q: What is your favorite part of the book?

A: My favorite part of the book is part of the subplot that involves Portia uncovering Gath’s true story despite all its ugliness. His redemptive character arc holds a surprise or two I think readers will enjoy!

Q: Is there a message in your novel you hope readers will grasp?

A: The novel develops several themes, including the source of one’s true identity, dealing with the struggle of guilt, overcoming the crippling effects of fear, and discovering the power of second chances. I hope readers will be inspired through the story to find hope if they’re facing difficult circumstances.

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  • Goodreads reviews

The Rogue world keeps on getting bigger and better! With complex characters and thought provoking plot lines, this second installment was impossible to put down. Whether a student or spy, Portia is a lovable heroine who shows the reader what it looks like to do the right thing, regardless of the cost. Yet we enter a world where “the right thing” isn’t always so black and white. This is a fun and inspiring read for young adults who want to make a thoughtful and positive impact in the world.

– Brendon

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  • Christian Books for Tweens and Teens review

The Revolutionary continues this dystopian tale at a furious pace and with heart-pounding suspense. The concentration camp breaks down the heroine, nicely revealing common human fragilities, and yet she remodels into courage, resourcefulness, steadfastness and compassion which she wears like a badge. The relational intrigues, including the romance and spirituality, were captivating. The Revolutionary is an entertaining and edifying sequel to The Revisionary.

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  • Book Reviews and More review

I must first start by stating that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A few months ago, I read the prequel novella A Cord of Three Strands and appreciated it. At the time I added this one to my wish list a sort of forgot about it. I really wish I had read them closer together. As I was reading this book it felt really familiar, I am sure some readers will compare it to The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, and as much as I did enjoy that book, there is something different about this one, that draws me in more. This was a book that I really did not want to put down.

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The Rogues, Book Three: The Reactionary (2019)

  • Christian Books for Tweens and Teens review

Book 3 of The Rogues Series continues the story of Portia and the struggle of a revolutionary government to survive. The heroine continues to develop, this time more romantically and relationally with nicely nuanced spirituality. The strong supporting cast of male characters, both friend and enemy, adds color, and the imaginative plot features nice tension throughout.

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Q: If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

A: I actually did have the opportunity to spend a full two weeks with a “character” from my book! At the very end of the story while Portia heals in Orvieto, she stays with an Italian woman named Maria who teaches her about Italian culture and serves as her guide. My real-life Italian friend and colleague Maria Constantine traveled with me to Italy so I could research the settings in The Reactionary. We spent several days in a lovely Air B&B in Orvieto. There, she taught me some Italian phrases and ultimately gifted me with a deep appreciation and love for Italy as we explored the city and surrounding areas. You can read more about some of our adventures on my blog at KristenHogrefe.com.

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  • Goodreads reviews

This is the third book in the Rogue series by Kristen Hogrefe, but it doesn’t read like it. I never got a sense that this book’s purpose was to tie up loose ends and bring closure. It’s an action-packed novel of its own.

We see the heroine Portia as vulnerable. The characters face crises, work through attempts to break free from them, fail, try again. When help arrives, it is natural, not contrived or super-human, like I’ve read from some authors.

If you read this book without the others, you won’t be disappointed in it. You will simply want to pick up the other two for the fun in reading them and for getting the backstory. If you’ve already read the first two (The Reactionary and The Revolutionary), this book will satisfy your desire to know the final outcome.

~ Charles

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