by Naomi Rich Published by Viking Juvenile
on February 19th 2009 Pages:
At fourteen, Alis has never been outside her strict religious community. But when her parents arrange for her to marry a forty-year-old man, she flees desperately to the dangerous, unfamiliar city. She learns quickly that the only way to survive there is to become a thief—or worse. Facing an impossible choice between a forced marriage or life on the streets, Alis seizes control of her own fate. But the path she chooses sets off a disastrous chain of events that leave her accused of murder. Steadfastly loyal, Alis must decide: will she betray a loved one or sacrifice herself?
Alis is 15 years old and living in a religious community when she finds out that she is to marry a man in his 40s. Her parents are Elders there and she cannot see how they allowed this to happen. In order to escape, she volunteers to journey with a sickly woman named Sarah back to her own religious community. She plans to escape to the city to find her brother so as to avoid marrying this man, who is the Minister of her small community.
What she finds along her journey is true love, danger, and the politics behind which her community survives. There are twists and turns to this book that surprised me and I sincerely could connect with the main character and her willful ways in which she leads her life. I just ate this book right up with the emotions so strongly written into the book I could almost feel as dear Alis did at different points in the book.