Author: Lisa M. Clark
Similar books: The Giver by Lois Lowry
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Summary(provided by publisher): The Message worth dying for . . .
There’s a truth out there to be discovered, a truth the government will stop at nothing to stamp out. By day, fifteen-year-old Simon pushes against the government’s control over his curfew, his meals, his fun. And by night, secret visitors and hidden messages make him question everything his life entails.
There’s a truth out there to be discovered, a truth the government will stop at nothing to eliminate. Join Simon and the Messengers as they risk their lives to protect it.
My opinion: Of all the situations proposed by dystopian novels, this is one I can easily imagine actually occurring, where religion, art, imagination, and innovation are pushed out in favor of logic, science, and reason. With societal apathy leading the way, its easy to see how such a society could develop. This novel has a solid cast of characters and pacing. With constant exploration, learning, and revelation of a secret society, it remains pretty exciting throughout. I was less than thrilled with the final scenes, which had some logical failings. We have our main characters in this highly charged, life-threatening situation and suddenly the villain just stops and turns the people's attention to a new entertainment. We needed more explanation of why he didn't proceed with his plan, a more explicit statement. A solid read, especially for kids with a religious leaning.
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