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This is a tale of what happens when the government interferes overmuch in the personal lives of its citizens.
There is an underground society of free thinkers, unshackled by the government. They are a community of 'adherents,' Christians, whose beliefs have long been outlawed and outcast by the government.
There are elements in the tale detailing the beginning of a fight for freedom as the community of adherents attempts to break through the darkness of government brain-washing for all citizens, rather than the remnant they have always managed to save over the generations. However, most of the story follows the story of a handful of characters, most of them adherents as they put together several search and rescue teams to find one of their last members. Each team runs into different adventures and challenges, each of which serve to flesh out their characters as well as their community's way of life, values, and philosophy for the reader.
It's well written, and would be a great discussion starter with your young teens. It's clean as a whistle and does not dwell with undue details on details of the horrors of a society which practices euthanasia and values human beings merely as disposable cogs in the wheels of government, without completely glossing over the topic. Younger students could read it, but I don't think they'd understand it as well, and might be lost in some of the details and philosophical passages about freedom and the value of human life.
Occasionally I had trouble keeping track characters. A handful of times the story was a little slow- focusing as it does more on ideas and characters. A few of the scientific details were a little weak (they don't use phones or radios to avoid government tracking, but this government apparently doesn't have infrared detection capabilities), but overall, as a Christian parent with a high regard for the inalienable rights that are part of every human being's birthright, I thought this was a valuable and enjoyable read, and would be a great book for teens.
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