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    Creative Cult story - Interesting!

    I just skimmed the blurb ... thinking this was another post-apocalyptic tale. But no ... this was PREApocalyptic, mostly modern day, realistic fiction. As it started, I thought we were looking at an idealistic community, similar to those in "The Giver" or other popular stories out there. But instead of a futuristic/dystopian setting, this is now. Just some fairly normal people living a simpler life set apart. Living in a gated community, suburban houses, electricity ... they do still leave and shop the local Walmart occasionally. But as we continue to read, things start to stand out more. It sounds a little more like a cult. From the outside, it's always easy to judge and wonder how someone could live like that, but reading this gives a little more insight on how that could happen. There are quotes at the beginning of every chapter ... at the first, they are from Pioneer, the leader of the community. As the book progresses, the quotes come from Jim Jones, Charles Manson, David Koresh. It was a little spooky. I really had no idea where this was heading or how it would turn out. There were some happy coincidences (the insta-attraction, which is more believable than inst-love as many YA novels introduce, that Lyla's family happens to be the one making the last store run, that Cody's sister works at the hospital) but ultimately, most of this felt pretty believable. The book is written in 1st person, present tense ... which is my least favorite perspective. The story was interesting enough that it didn't bother me for long. I see there is a sequel ... hmmm, I'll have to put that on my to-read list. RE-READ ... It's been over five years since I read this, so I figured I'd do a re-read. I "read" it the first time, and experienced in audio this time. I liked the narrator. While I remembered the basics of the book, I didn't have a solid memory of much beyond the premise. Very much enjoyed the book again on this second go round.

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