About the book: Four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth are: 1. Cut out your emotion tracker, 2. Join a religious cult, 3. Create a rebellion against the Legislature, 4. Fall in love.
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Jezebel James does all four.
Jez is on the fast-track to becoming a brilliant scientist, with one goal—to save her city from total extinction. Her caretakers have entrusted her with a secret plan to stop the rain from flooding the rest of the earth and start civilization anew. But the more Jez learns about the price of a fresh beginning, the more she realizes that carrying out the plan will lead to few survivors, and among the dead will be those she cares about the most.
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My review: This book is the first Kindle Scout book that I had heard of and the first one that I voted for. It's written by H.B. Moore writing as Jane Redd for the national market. This whole Kindle Scout thing is really an intriguing idea. Author's submit their work and then people vote on which should be published based off of the description of the book. Then anyone who nominates the book for publishing is also able to get a free e-copy from Kindle Scout.
Anyway...I found myself sucked into Jezebel's story from the very first page. The whole idea of the earth no longer having any sunny days except at the two solstice's is really interesting to me. And the way the government functions in this one is a bit crazy. I loved all of the little details about the things you can't do, and all of the inspections. Wow!
Jezebel is a really well-written character. She's always tried to do things the way she was told and she ends up, through no fault of her own really, breaking many of the rules all at once. This makes it seem impossible for her to meet her goal that both she and her caretaker have always had for her. Get into University and become a great scientist. I love the way that she's really conflicted with herself. She wants to be good, yet she has all of these feelings that most people no longer have and she's not necessarily sure how to hide or suppress them enough that no one notices or wants to turn her in.
I liked Sol in this book too! He's Jezebel's friend and the top of their class heading into University. I love the way he is always looking out for Jezebel and tries to make things better for her. Even earning himself detention to protect her during a surprise inspection.
The plot line of this one is good too! I really enjoyed the way you don't learn all of what's been going on until the end. There was danger really around every corner for Jezebel and all who were associated with her. And the ending was great! Jane Redd better hurry with the companion book! I want to know what happens to Jez and her friends!
I loved the way this book made me think. It really shows just what could happen to a society when government has all control and religion is allowed no control and not even to be in it.
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