Monday, December 26, 2011

(182)All Fall Down by Megan Hart

All Fall Down

Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Pages: 400

There has been so much in the media recently about religious cults and uncommon religious beliefs, most specifically the FLDS and other Polygamous sects. There is something about these sects or cults, if you will have it, that piques the interest of so many people, myself included.

All Fall Down is about a religious cult that would be more in line with Jim Jones or Heaven's Gate cult. Sunshine is a young woman in her early twenties with three young children.  She grew up inside the Family of Superior Bliss. It is in the middle of the night one night when her  mother wakes her up , slips a name with an address in her hand, and tells  her it is time to go.  Sunny takes her three children and arrive on the doorstep of the Father she never met, only to discover the next morning that all 100 "family" members she left behind are dead.

The coming months are full of trials and tribulations for both Sunny and her Father and his wife, Liesel.  As Sunny adjusts to live outside of the compound she realizes that "The Blemished" are not as bad as she was led to believe and some of the other things that she once considered "normal" are really as far from normal as normal could be.  Will she be able to adjust to her new life or will she fall back into the ways of "The Family".

All Fall Down is really a gripping read.  I flew right through it with a fascination that I did not expect.  Sunny is a very empathetic character, her life has been so different from the mainstream world, you can not help but root for her and her children.  With the Readers Guide that is included at the back of the book, All Fall Down would be a great Book Club selection.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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