Title: Gather the Daughters
Author: Jennie Melamed
Published: 2017
Language: English
Pages: 352
Rating: 3/5

Set on an island, a group of people live after the world has mostly ended, creating their own society, which works well until one of the young girls living there sees something she wasn't supposed to.

This book was fascinating in the way that watching a train crash is fascinating; it's horrifying, but you can't look away.

There's something about cults that just make you want to dig into a story, at least for me. I found the society of the island engrossing and slowly, in a rather sinister way, uncovering the darkness beneath what looks to be a bit odd, but is really all kinds of messed up. The author is really good at delving out information subtly so that at first you think: hmmm - and then you go: OH!

The book is told from the viewpoint of several girls, and I really enjoyed their journeys; seeing them start to question everything they've ever known. Seeing them come together and grow was amazing. I think the book discusses a lot of important issues about religion, truth, women and freedom (which is what dystopian fiction is supposed to do) and it raises a lot of interesting questions.

I will say I feel very ambiguous about the ending; I felt like it was a bit rushed and I can't quite make my mind up if I think it works or not. Overall though, this is a very exciting, disturbing and interesting book. For a debut, it's very, very good and I'm intrigued to see what the author writes next.
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