Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks
WaterBrook Press (May 20, 2008)
Brouwer has written a compelling speculative novel in a very short space. This book is under 300 pages and covers a broad spectrum in terms of technology, religion and politics in that limited territory. America is no longer a single country. What was once a secluded mountain region but still part of the country despite its unique inhabitants has seceded and formed an independent government directed solely by the literal meaning of scripture as decided by Bar Elohim. The rest of the country and world are referred to as Outside. Before the theocracy has become so strict as to prevent hiding out, Jordan has secreted himself and his very young daughter in Appalachia to avoid the consequences of her uniqueness. He hopes that later he can get her out and return her life to "normal" by reversing the effects of a decision made when she was still within the womb. As a teenager/young adult how would someone already facing loneliness and uncertainty as to their identity react to the discovery that someone made a choice before that child was born to use them and make them different through experimentation with DNA? How would this person respond to the one who made that decision and forced them to live as an outcast, hiding their true identity for their childhood? Can they forgive the choices and consequences they have endured because someone else wanted to "play God"? Read Brouwer's gripping novel to find out how one person handles this "What If" in their own reality. (ISBN#9781400070, 256pp, $19.99)
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