- File Size: 1923 KB
- Print Length: 497 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Clean Reads (June 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0719C12JG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,547 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stealing Liberty Kindle Edition
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I will admit when I first started reading the book, I was expecting it to be an alternating viewpoint between Reed and Riley, the two characters who get the highest billing in the blurb. But two more characters, Xoey and Adam, have their viewpoints presented as well. This does not take away from the story, though -- it adds to it as you get additional perspectives about how each of the characters are affected by the events. I could quibble, though, with how the chapters told through Adam's viewpoint tend to be short, but it's a minor complaint.
Jennifer also does a good job making certain supporting characters sympathetic. Truth be told, I wouldn't have minded getting a deeper perspective from Sam, who may have been the character I empathized with the most.
And the concept did not disappoint. While one might not agree with some of the views the narrative addresses, they go back to a much larger theme in which we should ask ourselves what is the price we are willing to pay for having to cater to a single mindset or viewpoint, rather than being allowed to explore issues on our own and drawing our own conclusions. There is a lot to be said, in particular, for how items ranging from the American flag to a Harry Potter book to the Bible to a Pink Floyd CD are all forbidden or taboo in a society -- regardless of what you think about what each represents, a society in which they are all condemned should cause people of all viewpoints to consider what that really means.
In essence, what Jennifer has done has written a book that not only has well written characters and features plenty of tension and suspense, but makes you think, too. And that, to me, is what makes Stealing Liberty a must read for everyone.
The writing is really well done. The themes are important and relevant. The only thing I didn't like was that it ended and now I have to wait for the next novel.
I would recommend this novel to anyone. In particular those interested in the topics of freedom, religious and political, as well those that enjoy a dystopian setting.
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