My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Zylynn knows nothing other than the compound, that Mother God loves her, that the Light is good and that the Father will save her if she does as she is told. Hungry days are hard, but important lessons tot teach her and the other members of the Light how to behave properly. In a world where the constant buzz of ceiling lights has never stopped, and the only hugs she’s ever felt came from the women – who were always leaving to harvest more souls for the Light – Zylynn is terrified of the Outside, where the Darkness is.
But a man – a Liar – from the Darkness comes for her before her 13th birthday, a man who says he is her dad. He takes her to a world where she has a room with pink stripes, her own bed, privacy, hot baths, and food… so much food she doesn’t believe it’s all for her. Afraid that mistakes have been made and it’ll be taken from her, she hordes it under her bed for when she finally prepares herself to make the journey back to the compound.
The Father has not come to get her, and she must be at the compound before her 13th birthday, so that she can become a permanent part of the Light. The Liars buy her clothes, give her food, comb the mats from her hair – but they are still Liars. Zylynn has to make a decision soon – to become a permanent part of the Light, or risk a life with the Liars out in the Darkness.