- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Inkshares (September 4, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1947848518
- ISBN-13: 978-1947848511
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jacqui Castle is a professional freelance writer and first-time novelist, living and writing in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
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Stephen's Review: "He is a distopian fiction fanatic except, though placed in 2090, it borders on today’s political reality! Its a page turner. He has already recommended it to family and friends."
Patrice's Review: "While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I became a little bored during the 'quest' part of the book. The main character was a little under developed, ie, I didn't have much buy-in for her success. I was also left feeling the book was unfinished. No real conclusion, although, I have noticed a trend in the first book in a series tries to set up the sale of another book to continue the story. I would give it a 3 star, not the 5 star Stephen's selected."
Patricia is satisfied with life. She's got a better job than most with more freedoms than many and has a caring family. The Board, the ruling group, won't tolerate anything beyond their rules, but she's okay with that. Until her and her best friend, Rexx, make a discovery which turns everything they've been taught on its head. Suddenly, Patricia finds herself a fugitive, something she never wanted to be.
The is an engaging, dystopian read which takes many of the lovely aspects found in this genre and builds them around a character with great depth. The author lets the reader get to know Patricia in and out, not at the point right before everything starts falling apart as in most dystopians, but earlier on. Much of the first half of the book is spent getting to know the daily life, dreams, and fears of Patricia as she lives fairly satisfied and convinced of the country and its policies. The doctrines and brief moments of information give light to the society and regulations, but the real dirt comes later on. This makes for a bit of a slower read in the first chapters, but also gives the reader a deepened connection to Patricia and understanding of her plight.
As the story progresses, the tension grows. It's hard not to become invested in Patricia and her struggles, making this is read hard to put down, especially toward the last chapters. Emotions are evoked while the plot builds, and the entire thing leaves off with a cliff hanger, begging to head off into book two to see what happens next.
Food for thought peppers the pages as the problems fall in bit by bit. A couple background pieces are fuzzy, but most sits pretty firm and allows the reader to sink into the story.
Fans of YA dystopian are sure to enjoy this one, especially if they like having a little time to dig deeper into the main character and society first. I'm looking forward to seeing where the next book will take Patricia and her friends.
I received a complimentary copy and found it interesting and engaging enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
There’s no pretending The Seclusion isn’t political. It was written before the election of Trump, but many will see it as prescient, with the world it paints an extreme conclusion to the right-wing populism currently sweeping not just the USA, but many other countries as well. Basically, if you’re a racist, right-wing conservative who doesn’t believe in human rights, you’re probably not going to enjoy The Seclusion. Suck it.
I loved this novel. Patricia is a great protagonist who grows throughout as events spiral out of control. The world, though extreme, is well realized and the journey from present-day to dystopian future all too believable.
Disclaimer: I read an advance review copy of this novel. However, I had already pre-ordered and paid for a retail copy before receiving the version I reviewed.
The Seclusion provides a great vehicle for exploring this question and leaves the reader hoping that this all too possible tale remains a work of fiction. The nation's citizens are cared for, protected, and entertained - all of this in exchange for their unerring obedience and disclosure - So what should a smart, obedient scientist do when she discovers something they don't want anyone to know?
I loved Patch's journey from dutiful employee of The Board and member of society to a fiery champion for change. Her adventure across the wastelands of the future United States is exhilarating and eerie and just the sort of fiction that chills you in the shadow of recent news and events.
A cathartic, world-shattering, cautionary tale for our modern age of ideological and informational landmines. The Seclusion reminds us why we must tread carefully!