Labeling this a compelling read. I read the first 115 pages in an hour, so it wasn’t a slow start for me, like it was for my daughter. She read it first; her comment was, “Watch out for monkey wrenches in the plot!” It’s set in puritanical times, but the first person format means it’s not really necessary to have a lot of background knowledge. With the abundance of dystopian novels right now, I think the historical aspect could almost slide by unnoticed. I wasn’t sure if it was set in America or Australia, myself. The cover is deceiving, one of my co-workers thought it was about a serial killer.
Judith’s narration allowed me to empathize rather than pity her. But I worried for her, none the less, people make assumptions based on their own inclinations, and that has a habit of turning out bad. Lucas, I could understand very well. He says on page 201, “It’s a cruel world…. Why did it have to happen? and to you?.... I let it get in the way.”