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Prison Nation
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Prison Nation [Kindle Edition]

Jenni Merritt
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the Nation, no one is innocent - not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments. 

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed. 

What is truly worth fighting for? If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

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About the Author

Jenni Merritt was born and raised on a small island in the Puget Sound. From a young age she discovered and fell in love with the world of writing and has been happily obsessed ever since. She is now married to the love of her life, and has two crazy but amazing little boys. When not busying herself with being a stay-at-home mom, writing books, keeping her blog, and diving into photography, Jenni sometimes manages to snag some much needed sleep.  

To find out more about Jenni and her writing, visit

Product Details

  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H4LPZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars prison nation March 20, 2012
By blakey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
if i had paused after reading only the first section of this novel and written a review, i would have given it five stars.

this is a very interesting premise. millie is born in prison and the laws of the nation (a reformed usa) requires that the children of prisoners are held within the city-sized prisons until reaching adulthood. the first section of the novel begins as millie faces her approaching release. she has lived her entire life in a cell shared with her parents, both serving life sentences. she has rarely been outside, has never touched a tree and exists within the rhythm of lockdowns and the stomping boots of guards. once millie reaches her birthday, she is allowed out into the world to find that the great nation lives up to the cynical nickname spoken in whispers: prison nation.

i loved the concept. the scenes set within the prison are brilliant. i was ready to start recommending the book to everyone i know. for me, though, the story came apart with millie leaving the jail behind. the first section was so amazing, it built up such high expectations that the rest couldn't live up to. while the first section was gritty, poignant and touching, the rest felt underdeveloped and simplified. i was disappointed by the plot. characters act to help millie in a really irrational way. the situation with jude just didn't make sense to me. i was annoyed by every little scrap of plot and character being woven up into a neat little bow. for a novel that starts so dark, it ends with a bit too much sunshine and hugging (metaphorically speaking). the end was too tidy, everything just lining up too neat and pretty. the grim start did need to be balanced but it was overdone and came off like artificial sweetner- so sugared it makes you wince.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful ideas and strong start, shaky conclusion March 24, 2012
By las
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This is harder to review than things usually are. I wish I could have two criteria - one for the plot line (which I'd give 4 or 5 stars - it's a refreshing new take on the dystopian society) and one for the plot execution (which would get 2).

Millie is a young adult who has grown up inside a state prison, condemned there for 18 years with her parents while still unborn and is now facing entrance into the outside "free" world. This is dystopian society at it's most gritty. The problem is that after that rock solid introduction, the plot becomes very fuzzy. There are logical leaps that left me scratching my head, and too many strong coincidences to swallow. The conclusion was a sudden, frenzied jolt and I was left feeling like I'd just been dropped on my head.

I think it's a great first novella, if indeed it's the author's first, and I'm slightly sad she didn't start with something else and hold this in reserve to be a better book once she had more experience and a better editor under her belt.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut! December 12, 2011
By Kimmel
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book in two days because I couldn't put it down. I am amazed that this is a debut novel.

The world of Prison Nation is fascinating and the main character, Millie, is no exception. From the first page I was invested in finding out what happens to her, what her life is really like inside of a prison, and what will happen to her if/when she is finally released. Her relationship with her parents is particularly interesting and definitely worth reading the book just to discover the intricacies of that relationship.

The author's way with words is amazing. She paints such a clear picture with just a few sentences. She has an amazing ability to provoke emotion from the reader, which isn't an easy thing to do. This book had me laughing and crying. I was genuinely sad to see it end. I'm sincerely hoping that there will be a sequel in the near future.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Dystopian Future I would LOVE to visit again May 1, 2012
By Shay
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This book started out somewhat slow and steady, introducing you to the world of the "Prison Baby" Millie 942B, a 17 year old young woman who was born in a prison to convict parents with a life sentence, and is subject to all of the lock-downs, scant, flavorless meals, cell life, and fear that any convicted felon would also experience. This world is a Dystopian future society in which America has closed off all of it's borders with giant walls and has cut itself off from the United Nations and built large city sized prisons on 3 corners of the country.

You are taken through Millie's life as she goes through psychological evaluations and the day to day grind of prison life for a short period prior to her impending release on her 18th birthday, and then tossed out with her into an unfamiliar world where citizens work for nominal wages in a world where good people are living in fear of being arrested and found guilty for breaking laws they weren't even aware existed.

I absolutely loved this book. I was completely drawn in and could easily visualize the world as Millie saw it. It was well written, and furthermore, well edited. It was an engaging read and I want so much for there to be a sequel.

My only complaint is simply that the ending seemed somewhat rushed compared to the pace of the rest of the book. I would love to read more about the "Prison Nation" and can't stop imagining all of the potential ways that this story could play out... Seriously, I need a sequel so that I can stop making up scenarios in my mind!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking!
Wasn't sure what I was expecting, but was pleasantly surprised. The ending was good without succumbing to "lived happily ever after"!
Published 1 month ago by Online shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book
This book was a lot better than I thought it would be. I bought it so long ago I couldn't remember exactly what it was about, but from the moment I started reading, I was hooked. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Domonique E. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really like this book. I found it fascinating as I can see this really happening in the future.
Published 9 months ago by LeeAnn1956
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Great for the kindle
Published 12 months ago by Sandra S Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 12 months ago by Gloria VanderSchee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I liked the book. The storyline was pretty easy to follow. There were a few twists, but alot of predicability.
Published 12 months ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Please do a sequel!!
Entertaining read. I hope there will be a sequel, as I'd love to read about some redemption.
Published 16 months ago by Irish1
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Great read!!! I was totally engrossed and did not want to put I down. Very thought provoking! Highly recommended - awesome trip reading.
Published 16 months ago by Shannon Sandvig
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nation
In a future America crime has become so rampant the US send citizens to prisons for the slightest crime and becomes known as The Nation. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ricky Kimsey
2.0 out of 5 stars Had potential
The basic idea was a good one. I've thought about a similar theme for years, just never could figure out where to take it beyond the initial circumstances. Read more
Published 17 months ago by pen2b
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