FEARLESS  by Sarah Tarkoff

FEARLESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In her sequel to Sinless (2018), Tarkoff returns readers to a world where sin makes people ugly and 18-year-old Grace Luther keeps fighting the rule of prophets who aren't as benevolent as everyone thinks.

In Sinless, Grace, a pastor's daughter, learned that her idyllic world was built on a lie: What most people believe to be divine retribution for sin is actually a worldwide control mechanism that causes physical disfigurement and injury as a response to guilt. Her decision to join the resistance has given her more questions than answers, and as Grace works as a double agent, her questions will only multiply. Abhorrent as Grace finds the prophets' false utopia, she is no less bothered by the resistance's ruthless tactics and savage in-fighting. More personal doubts plague Grace as well: She is sure her supposedly dead mother saved her on a mission gone wrong, but was she hallucinating? Is God, also known as the Great Spirit, talking to her personally? Can she be honest with Zack, the charming and handsome agent assigned to spy on her? When Grace's cover is blown, her faith in everything she trusts is deeply challenged. From her parents to her religious beliefs to her own judgment: Is anything safe? Tarkoff weaves a tight plot with an ever ratcheting tension. Grace's sense of being trapped in a world with no good choices is compelling (and helps offset the occasional tweeness of her teenage romantic problems). A climactic showdown with the world's most famous prophet seems doomed to fail...unless Grace's quick thinking can save the day.

Readers will be eager to see what happens in the next installment of an original series that blends science fiction with faith in a premise that continues to hold its own.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-245640-3
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2018




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