Thursday, October 31, 2013
Book Review The Dark Citadel by Jane Dougherty
The apocalypse has happened. The Earth is a wasteland. The survivors, the known survivors, live inside a crystal dome where life is controlled.
There are other survivors, though. Demons, angels, old gods, or the radiation mutated. Their names depend on who tells the story. They all want what's inside the dome.
They want Her.
Problem is, no one inside the dome wants her. Father is in prison. Mother is gone. Deborah is unruly and outspoken, something that is forbidden in a society that is ruled with cruelty and an iron fist.
The most horrible thing of all is that she keeps seeing things - like green grass, singing birds, people laughing and caring for one another. Those are things forbidden as well.
There is only one solution for Deborah.
Go outside the dome.
The Dark Citadel (The Green Woman) Part One of Three is, by the age of the protagonists, a young adult novel. Teenagers and Adults are the audience. Jane Dougherty creates a multi-dimensional world layered with suspense, danger and most surprisingly, a social commentary that not only entertains but provokes thought as well.
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift was and is a social commentary that became a children's book. Perhaps, The Dark Citadel trilogy by Jane Dougherty will be this generation's young adult's book that becomes a social commentary.
It is well written and absorbing. Anyone who reads The Green Woman, which is part one, will be anxious to continue the saga with the rest of the trilogy.