By Stormy Corrin Russell
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
After the Gender War, the Council in Genesis decreed
that the men and women would now live in segregated areas.
“I’m not old enough to remember a time when love existed,
a time before The Separation. Women and men have lived apart for almost a
century now, and most people who could remember otherwise are dead and gone.
But not Grace.”
With this beginning of the first chapter, Eroyn, and
her 102 years old Elder, start the journey in the female half of Compound A in
Genesis, under the Council rule enforced by the Matriarch.
Grace chose Eroyn
when it was time as an Elder to choose the Youth who will be her caregiver. Readers will find the two of them not so
easily compliant in accepting the norm, and this uniqueness will keep interest
and empathy high.
Excellent dialogue and realistic characterizations makes
this world come alive.
Reminiscent of the writing of George Orwell, who
propelled us into 1984, believing the
unbelievable as if we lived through it, so too, the author gives a believable
world and plot that keeps readers engulfed in the story, turning pages quickly
so as not to miss anything.