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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
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... ...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 ne... ...more

By Carol February 10, 2017

Here’s my third “baby,” preparing to go out into the world of readers in the fall of 2016. (So, naturally, as a biased mama, I rate it 5 stars.)

The story was born one night in 2010 as I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep…and I thought I heard a noise out in the living room. Nothing was there... ...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 charact... ...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 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 i... ...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’... ...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... ...more

By Vanessa November 06, 2016

I received this book for free from the author/publisher via YA Reads in exchange for an honest review.

This book reminds me of why I love science fiction and dystopia. The story is so compelling that I could hardly put the book down!

This book has such a carefully constructed world. Everything is s... ...more

By Poulami (Daydreaming Books) 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... ...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 excit... ...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... ...more

By Gavin November 26, 2016

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... ...more

By Kel (Faerie-bookworm) February 14, 2017

Review to come... ...more

By Jennifer December 30, 2016

The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs (Ebook) This is going to sound like a bad review, but stick with me… it’s not. The Lying Planet is Science Fiction/dystopian story. It takes place on a world that has been colonized, but years ago the colonies started fighting and destroying each other, leaving a p... ...more

By Megan October 26, 2016

Review also posted at:


Thanks to Entangled Teen for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for review!

Okay, I have to admit, I wanted to read this book because of the cover. I mean, can you blame me? This cover is beautiful! The synopsis did... ...more

By Medeia October 04, 2016

Ages ago Earthlings created an existence in outer space. Jay, a descendant, is eager to turn eighteen, when a machine measures all his deeds to see if he's good enough to go to a better colony. This is already exciting enough, but then things become tense, creepy, and eerie.

The adults around Jay... ...more

By Olivia September 22, 2016

"The Lying Planet" begins with Jay, who is almost 18 and ready for his testing as is the custom on this planet settled by people from Earth. He lives in one of the safe zones with his parents and two little sisters. His older brother had gotten a high score on his testing and left for the big cit... ...more

By A Leisure Moment September 23, 2016



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 inside was just as wonderful...The Lying Planet will satisfy your sci-fi urges and remind you of some of the classics. It has... ...more

By Nicole September 16, 2016

I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This the a post apocalyptic dystopian Sci fi tale of 17 year old Jay Lawton on the cusp of his 18th birthday. He's just weeks from receiving his testing by the machine which will provide him with the score that will determine his entire future in... ...more

By Kaila September 21, 2016

This was very interesting. It had a ton of twists and turns.. it had funny parts.. it had sad parts... all of it was really good. this is a very different and unique book which is kind of a good thing because sometimes i read a lot of stories that feel similar. this one wasn't similar to things i... ...more

By Nicholas September 16, 2016

Let me start off with saying that if someone tried to explain the premise of this book to me, or briefly described the plot I would have thought it could never work.
Well let me tell you, Carol Riggs pulled off a great, convincing, enjoyable read. It worked!

I mean obviously if a book sucks you in,... ...more

By Kirsti September 12, 2016

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

What I liked: Jay is a likable character who has spent his entire life making good choices. On his eighteenth birthday he and other kids his age will be tested and his goal is to get the highest score anyone has ever gotten. But he d... ...more

By Emmyjo September 19, 2016

This book is crazy good! The characters are amazing. Just keeps you guessing. Yes it is true there are lots of twists in this book.
We meet Jay who in two weeks will be 18 and can't wait to take his test to go to promise city. The test will determine how good he really is. Its a test everyone has... ...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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