Product name: Captives
Received: Softcover book
Price: On sale on Amazon.ca for $9.89
Reviewed for: BookLook Bloggers
This book about a dystopian future is actually interesting. Some reviewers called it weird, I call it fascinating. :) It was. it was an excellent read.
It contrasts two ways of living. One that is pleasure based vs one that is family/faith based. Pleasure based society is running into some problems and so they turn to the family/faith based society for some assistance, though... they are not too particularly honest in how they go about it. There are is darkness, there is hope.
Faith clashes with pleasure.
Family clashes with pleasure.
Is one way more right than the other?
Can they coexist? Or will one end up dominating?
Can they help each other?
Can one bring healing to the other?
Can each culture meet needs/wants of the other culture?
This book explores those thoughts and ideas, and hopefully can get teens and young adults to consider them a bit. I know it made me think... which is what a well-written should do should it not? Even if you read it only for pleasure, there should be something behind it to make you ponder.
The only issue I have with this book is this. It's not finished. And it's good enough I want it to be finished. I felt like I was left hanging.. .which I kinda expected some parts of the book would leaving me hanging and wanting to read the second in the series, but too many areas were left hanging... and so I want to grumble and complain about that. :) (is that a sign of a compelling story?).
I enjoyed the book as an adult.... Trying to think if it's a book that a 12-14 year old should read? Perhaps with parental involvement to help sort through issues if they arise. Discussion questions at the end of the book may assist with thinking those issues through, so I'd advise looking them over.
So take that as you will. If you read it, you may find yourself asking questions, you may find yourself enjoying a cleverly written book, you may find yourself wanting to read the second book asap. I know I did. :)