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Peek Inside The Lying Planet

Jay Lawton has been aiming for the colony of Promise City his entire life on the planet Liberty. All that stands in his way is The Machine, a mysterious device that will scan his brain and Test his deeds. But when, in one sleepless night, everything he thought he knew about the adults in his colony changes, it’ll be up to Jay and the beautiful rebel, Peyton, to save the others before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.

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There’s only one way out.

Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.

Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.

Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.


"I am absolutely in love with this story ... one of the most riveting sci-fi reads yet!" --Esther Dalseno, author of Drown

"Perfect for fans of Beth Revis!" --Cidney Swanson, author of Saving Mars

"WOW--I seriously could not tear myself away from this book!" --Kimberly Afe, author of The Headhunters Race

5 stars: "Breathtaking, extremely fast paced and completely imaginative The Lying Planet had me riveted until the last page. Highly recommended to all lovers of the genre." -Brenda, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "...what this reminds me of is sort of the good old fashion campy sci-fi/horror." -Carrie, Carrie's Book Reviews

5 stars: "Carol Riggs' The Lying Planet is young adult science fiction at its best as one boy keeps a level head in the face of death and deceit for the sake of humanity's future. And you thought your parents were evil because they lied to you about the Easter Bunny? Hang on tight as the tension ramps up, and the race is on for survival against the odds as teens are forced to come of age and make the hard decisions no child should have to make." -Dianne, Tome Tender

5 stars: "I couldn't put it down. This is not the type of book I normally read, but I think I found a new favorite author!! This book was very well written, and there will be times when you wish you could jump into the story and scream and yell, or fight along-side the characters. If there were more than 5 stars for ratings, I would give this book extra stars!!" -Kalli Bunch, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Read on you won't be disappointed." -Debbie Bratt, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "Although I don't read a lot of sci-fi stories, this book-- 'The Lying Planet' completely nailed it. Once I started reading, I had the hardest time putting it down." -Denise, Goodreads Reviewer

5 stars: "This fantastic story kept me on the edge of my seat anxiously turning pages to discover what happens next. The characters are so well written I felt as though I knew them and really felt for each one of them as they went through the struggles from ignorance to frightful knowledge." -Liesl Biddell, Goodreads Reviewer

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757578
Release Date: Sep 19, 2016
Page Count: 285
Imprint: teen
Genre: aliens, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds, political scandal

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By Brenda September 12, 2016

Jay Lawton had spent his life working hard on the planet Liberty. His parents had taught their children to strive for the best and Jay was known for his diligence. His elder brother Chad was already in Promise City and Jay hoped to join him when he was tested on his eighteenth birthday. The only thi ...more

By Carrie September 11, 2016

Jay Lawton lives on the planet Liberty with his parents and younger siblings. When the children on Liberty turn eighteen they are put in a machine that will determine whether their good deeds they've done so far in their lives outweigh the bad. Higher scores equal special prizes to start their new a ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) September 06, 2016

Seriously impossible to put down. If you like sci-fi set on other planets with parallels to Earth, if you appreciate villains who are super creepy, but who, in a few instances, seem to show some compassion...just not long enough...then you'll want to pick this one up.

Jay is such a strong character, ...more

By Kaitlin September 12, 2016

My review can be found on my blog :) ...more

By Dianne September 19, 2016

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Study hard, they said. Be kind, have honor and trust in the system and you will be given your pass to Promise City, where your whole life will lay ahead of you like a midnight ...more

By Nicole April 10, 2017

The Lying Planet!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
Once again this is one of the books I have on my kindle app for forever and I hate that I haven't read this earlier. Damn it.
Summary: Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Libert ...more

By Siobhan July 29, 2017

The synopsis of The Lying Planet really grabbed me, and I instantly knew it was a book I wanted to read. Despite my interest, it took me a while to start the book. I kept delaying it to read other things, kept bumping it down my to-read list. I’m rather annoyed with myself for doing such a thing bec ...more

By Gavin July 06, 2018

So, I received this as a gift from a friend, and to that friend, I say this:
Thank You!

TLP is a nice, originally realistic sci-fi novel, which takes place in the future; a future where earth is forced to send off some of its inhabitants to another planet, called Liberty.
The planet is divided into th ...more

By Moriah September 23, 2016

*This review can also be found here on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**


When I saw this cover, I knew I had to read this book. The sense of hopelessness, the undercurrent of mystery, and definite sci-fi hues sucked me in, and I hoped the story insi ...more

By Poulami September 20, 2016

Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a really an awesome read! I didn't quite expect the way it turned out but I am glad to say I loved it! The twists and turns were quite surprising as wel ...more

By Jennifer October 02, 2016

*I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

With its unique setting and characters, The Lying Planet is a fascinating YA Sci Fi novel.

At first the story appears to be like many other YA books I have read with a ceremony that determines the young residents’ sta ...more

By Kalli September 08, 2016

So my first question: is there a sequel?? Will there be?? I could talk about this book all day!! It is so hard not to post spoilers!!!
This book is has many layers to it. It tells a story of children living a basic cult-like life. It has been brow-beat into them to follow certain rules and codes of ...more

By Derik September 19, 2016

I was provided an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here's what I think of The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs.

This book is very unique and takes place on a planet in a distant galaxy that was settled by people from Earth many generations ago. The main character is excited ...more

By Kel (Faerie-bookworm) April 07, 2017

Title: The Lying Planet
Author: Carol Riggs
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi, Dystopian
Format: Ebook, NetGalley
Pages: 285
Rating: 5
Heat: 2

Thoughts: Wow, wasn't expecting that!! I assumed there were aliens but didn't even come close to figuring out what they were doing until I got to that part, and all I ...more

By Debbie September 06, 2016

This book has left me wanting more. I literally could not put this book down. What a great idea for a book. On very many levels this book makes you think about (good v. Evil/truth v. perceived truth/ rebel v. Responsible/ predator v. Prey/right v. Wrong (etc.))

The struggle is real. Often in life we ...more

By Neil December 03, 2016

I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is not my usual type of read.
This is a well written YA story which pulled me in from the start, with great characters and plenty of action.


By Naema August 01, 2017

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. So here it is.

Let’s talk about the book first, it has a beautiful cover and an equally intriguing story line. The twists and turns kept me on the edge throughout the night. Yup I read it during night cause I’m an owl. What intrigued me was ...more

By Hope September 29, 2017

** I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. **

First Impression: Another planet full of mystery, sometime in the future. Sounds intriguing.

Characters: Most of the characters are children and teenagers. No spoilers, but the adults in this society are unlike you can imagine. ...more

By N. July 31, 2017

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing that I would like to say is that this book was nothing like anything I've ever read before. I enjoyed how it was still classified as YA, but it did not follow the typical YA formula that you tend to see in a lot of ...more

By LJ (On The Shelf Reviews) July 07, 2017

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Jay Lawton is a good guy. Always does his best, helps others and completes his community service without complaint. He wants to get the highest score ever in his testing and go to the Promise City. But then his competitor (arch-nemesis is pr ...more

By Carol July 20, 2017

I was very happily surprised and pleased to really enjoy this unusual novel written for young people by the talented Carol Riggs. I know this is an "entangled teen" book, but I will be 71 next month and I really liked it. Great plot execution, terrific character development, wonderfully complete and ...more

By Chris January 10, 2018

4.5 A perfect YA Syfy, lots of suspense, creepy aliens, and hormonal teenagers (although the hormonal teenager stuff is pretty limited compared to everything else that's going on). This is one of those once-I-got-into-it-I-couldn't-put-it-down books. The main character, Jay, is a responsible, smart, ...more

By Kaye May 27, 2017

The Lying Planet, by Carol Riggs is a grabbing YA science fiction novel. Riggs puts a new twist on the story where all is not as it appears. On the planet Liberty, the future seems bright, but when the truth is finally unveiled, it may be very dark indeed. Riggs brings us action and suspense in a we ...more

By Deb May 27, 2017

So different from anything else I’ve read recently. Jay is a strong, easy-to-like character. Although relatively naïve at the beginning of the story, he had to grow quickly when he discovered a horrendous secret that changed everything he knew and loved.

I had no idea where the author was going with ...more

By John July 09, 2018

A dandy blend of science fiction, dystopian and just plain creepy. Imaging spending all eighteen of your young years thinking that the best reward you could get is a high score from the machine that determines your future. You have a great girlfriend, or so you believe, great younger siblings and te ...more

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Carol Riggs

About the author

Carol Riggs

Carol Riggs lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.

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