Rose Madsen will do anything to keep from being married off to one of the men in her Fundamentalist Mormon (FLDS) community, even endure the continued beatings and abuse of her mother. But when her mentally handicapped baby sister is forced to strangle the bird she loves at the behest of the Prophet, Rose frees the bird and runs away.
Adan Reyes will do anything to escape the abusive foster care system in Phoenix, even leaving his good friends and successful high school athletic career behind him. Ill-prepared for surviving the desert, Adan hits the road only to suffer heat stroke. Found by a local handyman, he catches a glimpse of a mysterious girl–Rose–running through town, and follows her into the mountains where they are both tracked and discovered by the men of the FLDS community.
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Before reading this book, I didn’t know anything about the Mormon religion and based on how this book portrays it I can see how it is classified as a cult.
We are looking into the perception of Rose Madsen, a sixteen year old who has dreams of becoming a science teacher, but is constantly being physically and verbally abused by her mother. All through her life she has been taught that she only exists to marry and reproduce and based on that perception I get the understanding on how women are treated in the community and being forced to contain in some kind of prison, thinking that anything and anywhere outside of the community is hell on earth and should not be trusted.
We are also looking into the life of Adan who is also running away from the system that caused him to get constantly abused, and had to live in secret so he never had to go back. Through his eyes, you can get some insight on what it is like for a foreign child to live in a different country where his mum had to be deported which forced him to be seperated from his mum to go live in the foster care.
You also look into other characters and see how the Mormon Community effects them. You have the Marshell who had to kill his own dog and had one of his wives murdered, Brooke getting hostile stares from being an outsider who is a red head, a doctor who has to go against his own community that he grow up with after he found out the children are in immense danger, a science teacher that Rose looks up to randomly disappeared and Rose’s father who is questioning the community for the sake of his daughter’s life. It is obvious they are all being effected by it in a negative way, using fear to take advantage on people who is looking for faith by forcing them to follow orders from the Prophet ‘in the name of God’ other wise something bad will happen to them, and it is absolutely scary that people can get away with things like that, even if it involves sexual objectifying, forced marriage and child abuse.
Overall it is a fantastic read and it will get you hooked, however there are some subject that are very sensitive so do take that in a pinch of salt if you are interested in reading it. It has given me an insight on what cults are capable of, using faith to take advantage on people. However I felt like there were a few questions left unanswered, for example: What happened to the science teacher Mr Wayland? Who killed one of the Marshell’s wife? And Why?? and they are probably not important questions to answer considering we are mostly focusing on Rose and Adan, but if they are the result being caused by the Mormon Community, they shouldn’t be left unanswered.
I give it 4/5 Stars
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