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Icon: A Novel Paperback – April 19, 2017
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About the Author
Georgia Briggs was born and raised by two Anglophiles in Birmingham, Alabama. She now lives in the country with her husband, her two stepdaughters, and their chubby Boston terrier. When she is not writing or working as a librarian, she enjoys baking cookies and singing along with recordings of Russian men s choirs. Georgia is a member of Saint Symeon Orthodox Church in Birmingham.
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I was going to rate this book 4 star mainly because the one disappointment I had in the book was that the actual story was just straightforward and not very developed. I found myself wishing it was longer and more in depth. In the end, however, I gave it 5 stars because of the powerful imagery woven throughout and because it is Orthodox Christian fiction! I hope this starts a trend. We need modern Orthodox fiction, and not just aimed at youth. For me personally, I experience more spiritual insight and comfort from fiction than I do from reading non-fiction. I've been on a quest to find fiction from an Orthodox perspective for a long time and have come up empty till now. I look forward to watching this author develop and write more.
I agree with another reviewer that this may be a challenging read for one who is not Orthodox, as it is clearly written by and for Orthodox Christians. Parts my be confusing for those who are not familiar with the Orthodox Faith.
Well worth reading, again and again!
I don't usually like present-tense writing, but the narrative is beautifully written and the supernatural elements (for lack of a better term; I don't want to spoil any of the plot details) provide moments of grace in the midst of bleak (and horrific) circumstances. I couldn't put the book down and read it in one sitting. Though not Orthodox, I found the portrayal of faith and perseverance in the face of persecution very encouraging.
This story is told in the first person by twelve year old Euphrosyne (hope I spelled her name correctly!), beginning with the violent government-sanctioned killing of Christians, including Euphrosyne's parents, little sister and cousin.
The story is written in a very believable manner, and I read it in one day, because I could not put it down. It touched me emotionally, moving me to tears, and avoiding ugly crying only by the severest hold on my emotions.... Also awakening in me the wonder and beauty of Orthodox worship and Liturgy. The characters come across as believable people.
I would say that this is a mid-to-older teen book; I'm not sure how a young teen would react to what could feel like a very frightening concept. I'd consider the age of the young person and how mature they may be, how they handle the ideas of difficult or frightening dystopian society.
Personally, I found this an absorbing story that I couldn't stop reading, and do recommend it.
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As an Orthodox Christian who also loves YA novels, I was excited that this came up in my recommended list and immediately bought it.Read more