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In the community of New Jerusalem, located in the Californian desert, the Children of David do their best to live a life worthy of God, free from sin. The Prophet David makes all decisions, acting as the voice of God. Women are not allowed many freedoms and are submissive to men. When, at the age of 16, it is time for the Second Generation to participate in Matrimony and the young men to choose their wives based on dreams interpreted by David, things start to go wrong. Secrets are revealed and the truth about this community comes to light.

I could not put this book down. Told from alternating perspectives, the story moves smoothly back and forth between inquisitive Miriam and faithful Caleb. The intertwining stories and craziness of the community kept me intrigued the entire time.

My only concern is that the book is marketed to ages 12 and up and some of the topics are a little sensitive: sex (no scenes, but alluded to throughout the book) and statutory rape. Perhaps it would be better suited for 14 and up.