Monday, December 28, 2015

One of Us by Jeannie Waudby

K manages to survive a bombing by the Brotherhood and is rescued by Oskar.  K has no family and is very taken with Oskar so when he asks her to infiltrate the Brotherhood and report back to him, she agrees and is quickly enrolled in the Brotherhood academy.  Using her new name of Verity, K finds herself with friends for the first time in her life including Greg who might end up being more than just a friend.  K wants to help stop the terrorism she has heard about but the members of the Brotherhood tell a different story and K sees no evidence of plots amongst her friends and teachers.  In fact, the more time she spends in the Brotherhood the more convinced she becomes that there are no terrorism plans at all.  But Oskar makes it clear that refusing to do what he wants is not an option.

I was intrigued by the description of the book and was expecting it to be more like this:  someone from a fundamentalist sect ends up in our society and comes to realize that things are not as bad as she had been led to believe.  However, this book is not a bit different starting with the fact that the main character goes into the religious group.  It was never entirely clear to me whether the Brotherhood actually did have terrorists or if that was all just fear mongering on the part of mainstream society.  I think that a good deal of the book moves a bit slowly but once K goes to the rally with Oskar, things are fast-paced and exciting.

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