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Ms. Bova’s adherence to the Catholic faith and practices is clear in her characters. I am NOT Catholic, and yet her sincerity and joy in the practice of her faith is clearly reflected in her characters’ lives, essential to the story line, and thus is not an issue. Interestingly her fictional events causing the conflicts are seemingly prophetic, as some of the same trends in her dysfunctional society are beginning to turn up in today’s America. Take heed!
Why 5 stars? Primarily it’s her characters. Each one is unique in his/her dialogue, concepts, daily activities, and reactions to events, and yet each is consistent throughout the series. Oh, there is character arc WITHIN that consistency, but the result is that these fictional people become more than acquaintances as you read. Like them or not—none is “perfect”—they’ll become your friends. You’ll pull for them, celebrate with them, and cry at their despair. Or you’ll want them to either change, or, meet their comeuppance if they are hurtful to the others. Many authors fail to achieve that depth, or that reaction from a reader. Secondarily, one of my criteria for 5 stars is that the book must be memorable. Weeks and months after finishing it, do I think about the story and characters from time to time? This series passes that test easily.
’Nuff said. Get Book 1, “Tears of Paradox,” and read it first. If you don’t like it, stop there. But I think you’ll be hooked, keep going, and be rewarded with an uplifted spirit.
'The Notice' is a sequel to 'Tears of Paradox.' Both books tell the story from the point of view of a married couple, Jason and Michelle, who see their world grow more dystopian by the day.
Michelle receives a government notice which impinges on the couple's freedom in a very personal way. Michelle, pregnant, has to go underground to have her baby, since health care has become a joke and maternity hospitals have been replaced by abortion clinics.
Children are not particularly welcome in the brave new world, and can in fact be killed after birth if they should prove to have some sort of defect or disability. Though if the children survive to the teenage stage they are recruited into a Hitler Youth style organization and told it is their right to defy their parents.
The book also tells the story of Jason's spiritual struggle--- perhaps at too great a length for those readers unaccustomed to such things even being mentioned in a book.
The story winds its way on a grand tour of this bad new world, but since the author keeps the suspense at a high level, the book is one of those 'read all night long' books like a good Stephen King novel.
I felt the book reminded me a bit of Glenn Beck and Harriet Parke's Agenda 21 books, only these books are set much nearer in the future. A very realistic dystopia.
And the plot? Well, I have a dilemma here. On the one hand, the many flashbacks Daniella folds into her narrative do help us to understand her characters on a deeper level. On the other hand, I can also see why the occasional "talky-ness" and the constant telescoping would make the main thread hard to follow. This book may indeed take more patience than some readers are willing to invest -- though I personally found it quite rewarding.
Like its predecessor, The Notice is a near-future dystopia. The parameters of that dystopia may not work for those readers who are not already committed Christians and political conservatives, as it is heavily influenced by our worst nightmares regarding recent challenges to our religious liberty. But if you are not a Christian conservative and yet sincerely wish to understand what we fear, this is a very good place to start.
If you are Anti-Catholic, this series is not for you. I am a Catholic-Christian and very proud of my faith. One thing the author has left me with is that I have been neglectful of the Adoration of Our Christ. Thank you for enlightening me.