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With the main characters in this book being teenagers, it would be quite easy to overlook this book as being just another book in a dystopian YA series, but that would be underestimating the scope of it.
This book does not go into much detail of the nature and extent of the disaster that has resulted in the usa having been rebuilt in a fairly fascist and extremely conservative christian image, the focus is more about building a picture of the current state of that country rather than what caused it to exist.
The main character is a teenage girl called Rebecca who has caught the attention of a recruiter for a shadowy re-education camp called Second Salvations and this book is predominantly about how she ends up at that camp, while also introducing us to a lesser extent to Daniel who has similarly attracted the attention of this recruiter and he seems likely to increase in prominence in subsequent books.
It says quite a bit about the nature of the country established in this book that Rebecca's fairly ineffectual attempt to avoid being taken to Second Salvations managed to gain her such a level of notoriety, clearly very little rebellion is tolerated there now.
I am not familiar with the narrator of this book, but thought that she gave a strong performance for the main character and enough variation on the supporting cast as needed, nicely bringing to life the book as a whole.
One thing I didn't like about this book very much was the opening which was a flash-forward to an action scene as if the author did not feel enough confidence in the pace of the opening chapters getting to that point in a more linear fashion and thus resorted to this needless gimmick. However, this did not detract too much from my overall enjoyment of a strong first book in this series and I would definitely consider looking out for subsequent ones.
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Oh Wow! I’m not that big on stories with a religious twist (honestly - it makes me want to roll my eyes a bit) but it didn’t take long before I fell in love with the story and the characters and then it didn’t matter to me anymore. The Salvation State is definitely a pageturner (or what ever the name is for it when you listen to it as an audiobook) and I highly recommend it to everyone. Btw Jessica McEvoy does an amazing job reading the audiobook. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!
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The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda is a very interesting first installment in what I am guessing could become a series. The idea of a Theocratic American Government is not a new one, Robert Heinlein first used this with his short story "If This Goes On...".
Mr. Damanda has crafted some interesting and compelling characters and gets the listener to invest in their well being, lives, and rapidly draws us into this world. The modern anti-religious sentiment in America makes these characters at times a bit over the top but the story was interesting and an fun. I would recommend the audiobook.
The narration by Jessica McEvoy was very good this is the first time I have heard a performance from her and would definitely enjoy listening to her audio work again.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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