SFF

Fearless

Harper. (Eye of the Beholder, Bk. 2). Jan. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9780062456403. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062456410. FANTASY
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This sequel to Sinless follows 18-year-old Grace Luther as she embroils herself further in a dystopian future. It's been a decade since the Revelations, when the Great Spirit saved humankind by forming a single religion that punishes wrongdoing with physical pain and deformities and encourages piousness with beauty. Grace has been a double agent, serving Prophet Joseph as well as Dawn, the leader of the local resistance. Taking pills each day that prevent her from receiving punishment, Grace risks her life to bring an end to the mind control and manipulation of her society. With the assistance of two possible love interests, she dives deeper into the resistance and soon learns that right and wrong are not so clearly defined, making her own decisions for which path to follow.
VERDICT While the plot is predictable and almost hackneyed, the social commentary of a person's looks being tied to sin is compelling. Tarkoff's (Arrow) screenwriter background may result in some interest from YA dystopian lovers in this title reminiscent of the "Divergent" series.

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