Seek And Hide (2014)
Seek and Hide (2014)
3.98 of 5 Votes: 2
1434708659 (ISBN13: 9781434708656)
David C Cook
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This book is everything. The language itself is absolutely stunning, a masterpiece of words. And then the story...I am a fan of dystopian literature, but this is somehow more real than fantasy. It sucked me in with just how possible it seemed, how...close. This could so easily be our future. The other thing that made it so engaging was the characters. They are so raw and real and beautifully, tragically flawed. Amanda is a master at getting the reader deep inside each character's soul. I wanted to hug Aubrey and protect her and that sweet baby. I wanted to hangout with Marcus and eat ice cream and build stuff. And by the end, I even wanted to be friends with Lee--the kind of friends that don't touch.Whether you love dystopian or not, read this because it's masterfully written, because it is a story with a huge heart, and if you let it, it will change you. In a not so distant future, saying you’re a Christian and owning an “archaic Bible” can get you sent to a re-education camp. Few get to leave these prisons, and those that do often feel the shame of what they did to obtain their freedom. The government only sanctions reading of the Progressive United Version of the Bible and attendance at particular worship services. There is no god to save you. Only you can save yourself.How did this come to be? Debut author Amanda Stevens has created this dystopian vision in Seek and Hide, the first in a series called Haven Seekers. Her version of America reminded me of the Nazi regime, and the approved churches reminded me of the approved churches in China. Her characters are ordinary people, complete with flaws and imperfections, trying to get through life. They’re like us, except they can’t reveal anything of the faith they keep hidden. Friends and family are obliged to turn in loved ones or risk being arrested for “aiding and abetting” which provides an interesting moral conundrum. Sadly, I had problems connecting to some of the characters, including Marcus’s friend, Lee, who I found to be flat and almost superfluous to the story.The events of Seek and Hide take place over one week. There are moments where it drags and I couldn’t see where it was going, and other moments where I felt the nightmare would never end. There’s a stunning turn of events near the end which I didn’t see coming. I found it a little underwritten, but the shock stayed with me. The ending, however, is anti-climactic. This book doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger, but I do wonder where this series is going. Found and Lost, the second Haven Seekers novel, will be released in February 2015.Thank you to DC Cook for my complimentary electronic review copy of To Everything a Season, which downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
What a frightening speculative fiction novel! A page turner...
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