Title: Deliverance (The Deliverance Series #1)
Author: Samantha Schinder
.“Unexpected! Surprising plot!”
“I literally could not put it down!”
“Beautifully written. Looking forward to the next in the series!”
“Poses tough questions.”
There is power in a name. On the Island of Nar, women hold only that power and little else. Though life is oppressive on the carefully controlled, male-dominated isle, it is all they ever known. It does not bother 23-year old Deliverance, as she has all she needs to be content. She, her mother, Catalyst, and her best friend Effie, are comfortable with their status as relative outsiders. Their names, not easily understood, leave them on the outskirts. But for them, independence is all they could ever want…Until one day a choice spirals their world out of control and Deliverance must find the courage to embark on a rescue mission to the perilous, unknown Outside. Not only does she find a world entirely foreign from that which she has imagined but must learn to navigate its treacherous waters, uncovering dark secrets about her world and her own family. In doing so, she learns about the nature of inequality, of misogyny, of tyranny, and most of all, of isolation.An action-packed adventure, Deliverance, tugs at the mind, asking tough questions about the nature of oppression. Through the twists and turns, Deliverance learns while some people support nefarious purposes, others are heroes and family in the making. Join Deliverance as she discovers the true power in a name.
YA fantasy to adult fantasy
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Every part of the worldbuilding in this story was so beautifully done that I felt as if I was right there beside Deliverance. The unique names of the characters was the cherry on top when it came to details, and I loved the way that it gave a bit of mystery as to our MC and what it was she could really do. As the story progressed, Deliverance’s name began to make more sense.
The writing style is smooth and easy to go along with. Even though there was a lot of information that needed to be understood within the first few chapters, the author did it without it feeling as if it was an information dump. The plot was suspenseful and capturing.
After Deliverance was forced to leave her home on the island, I loved to see the way she reacted to the outside world and the way that it reacted to her. It was truly a great transformation to see her go from such an innocent minded girl into the woman she became at the end of the story.
Fantastic start to a series.