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The Redeemers was a very exciting read. I love books that can take different interpretations of a religion and turn it into a mystery and thriller. It also helps to throw in some cult like tendencies in there to keep things turned up a notch. Kate Morgan does this and more with The Redeemers and keeps us on the edge of our seat the entire time.
The setting in the story had me imagining the medieval times but it is actually set in the future. I don't think this is a mistake on the author's part; actually I feel this is a creative way to show us how much civilization has lost through the Great War. Every thing has returned to this simpler time in life and technology is nonexistent. It is almost like an alternate universe, perhaps?
The main character, Annie, has to deal with such physical and emotional turmoil, it is hard for us, as the reader, not to feel her pain intensely. The graphic writing of the torture she endures just in the first few chapters is very vivid and intense. It appeals to all of our five senses, making sure we grasp the situation just as Annie tries to understand it.
Even after the physical torture is over, the mental torture continues throughout the book. A lot of it is by Annie herself because she has such a hard time of trusting people. Can you blame her? Absolutely not. But not being able to relax and trust anyone can do a lot of harm to someone already hurt.
The world building was excellent. I felt like I was transported to each village Annie goes into and felt like I could just reach out and interact with the scenery. And when Annie sees all the old books, my heart jumps for joy. It was hard to contain my excitement for her as she was able to ponder over each one. The descriptions are right on target and I loved to watch as Annie learned more about what each Page meant to others.
The plot was so original! It takes an interesting concept and adds this cult like thriller to it as well as mystery and a feeling of "Who can I trust" ideas to it. I really did love The Redeemers! It was creepy, eerie, and just left you with this huge cliffhanger at the end that had me screaming for the next book asap!
I think if you enjoy any of the things I described above, you should definitely give The Redeemers a try. It was overpowering to my emotions to be in the dark through the book alongside Annie. We learn as she learns and it becomes that much more sinister to us too.
Our main character, Annie, is very easy to sympathize with. She has been through A LOT in this book, and I cant help but admire her strength and courage. She's that kind of heroine that you will root for from the very beginning. Kate Morgan really impressed me with her set of characters because of how well written they are. Even the side characters are done incredibly well.
The setting of this The Redeemers is so interesting and yes, it is set in a dystopian world. Where people look up to Gods that are in human form. Very unique and refreshing concept.
I did find the novel very slow and sometimes, filled with unnecessary information. Even the romance department was lacking, at least for me, that's why I feel like there was something missing. We do have a love interest and he's wonderful and this novel didn't do the traditional romance but even with all that, I was searching for something... more. Good thing Kate Morgan's writing is very hypnotizing that you won't let the story go.
The Redeemers isn't your usual afternoon read. It has one of the most unique concept I've ever read and lets not forget that the writing is brilliant! I recommend it for readers who are looking to be lost in an interesting world!