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“The human eye can only see one percent of what is going on around them. However, each person sees a different one percent, which makes up perspectives and views based on their ability to interpret what they are experiencing. This is why humanity needs each other.” Dr. Jordan Peterson
Todd Borandi’s The Real Eyes Trilogy involves the books Real Eyes, Real Ize, and Real Lies. Dr. Tom Renol has created a virus that would allow people to determine if someone was telling the truth. Direct lies would cause a blue ring above the person’s head. If the person wasn’t intentionally telling a lie because they believed what they were stating was a fact, the ring would be purple. They labeled H2O a terrorist group when they distributed the virus via an airborne administration across the small town of Hays, Montana. The government kidnapped FBI agent Landon McKnight after attending his mother’s memorial service. In a secure room, Agent Red claims Landon is part of H2O since the group delivers a laptop that requires his biometrics to unlock it. President Karen Winters convinces Landon to cooperate with her effort to resolve the H2O terrorist attack. He agrees, despite not knowing anything about the group.
Meanwhile, Erika and Jon are two residents of Hays who were not present when the military set up a road blockade. Erika was walking to her first class at the University of Montana when her high school jogging coach intercepted her. Both of them were present when the virus dropped. They watched the television news announcement by the president claiming that terrorists attacked all the residents of Hays and killed them. They saw the blue above her head. Shocked, the duo plans to go on the run until they can figure out what to do. However, Erika is kidnapped, and it forces Jon to enter Native American reservations to prevent capture by the government.
Several questions arise throughout the trilogy. Wouldn’t it be a good thing if everyone had to always tell the truth? Real Eyes would make that a reality for everyone on the planet. Now imagine the chaos that could cause. Imagine a 60-year-old man learning that his religion is a lie. What about the people wrongfully imprisoned? What if elections are fake and the elite control who the world leaders are based on their agenda to remain in control? How will people react?
Some of the controversial topics addressed include why people live with generational guilt; become angry and protest experiences they never had; and hate each other based on their manipulation of personal truth. Why are there people who want to speak in the universal plural while labeling themselves as individuals? For example, the gender pronoun debate of “he/him, she/her, and they/them”. If a person claims the pronouns they/them, does that make them an individual? Basic grammar disagrees. People have become so consumed by being right that we even use the word “truth” as a reason to declare war. "As long as it is for the greater good” is how truth justifies our actions. Do we consider the people who die in battle as “acceptable losses?” How are their lives less valuable than yours? Does the truth make their death right? If your answer is yes, what about the draftees who died in Vietnam? What about innocent civilians?
There was one major issue I found in the trilogy. The number of errors in the books was distracting. A group called W&M was short for Weighs and Measures but sometimes appeared as Ways and Measures. Another round of editing would be beneficial. Therefore, I am rating The Real Eyes Trilogy four out of five stars. I found that I agreed with some of the messages and disagreed with others. I only mentioned a few of the subjects that had an impact on my thoughts.
If you are a person who is normally considered a conspiracy theorist and likes stories that make you read between the lines for meaning, then The Real Eyes Trilogy is perfect for you. However, there are some ideas that may be disagreeable to some readers. There are several references to LGBTQ topics, BLM actions, and tyrannical governments that could be offensive. There are gory descriptions of executions that make this book unsuitable for young readers. I suggest reading this trilogy with an open mind because it is one that will make you pause and reflect on the world around you.
The Real Eyes Trilogy
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