My first cult novel!

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The most interesting thing I took from this book was how much it read and seemed like a dystopian. The world-building and aspects of New Jerusalem, like the Matrimony and the dream interpretations, was very YA dystopian-esque. If you liked Divergent way back in the day, this seems quite similar at first. The brain-washing seemed very indicative of major religions, which I also thought was an interesting commentary. I really liked the alternative history of Zzyzx. However, the pacing was really slow. Some of the characters who I think were supposed to be likable - Caleb, for instance - I really couldn't stand. I wish we had more of an epilogue to see what happens after the climax of the story. Overall, this was a good book but not something I would recommend to people who want action and a fast-paced story.