Dystopian fiction reminiscent of Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid’s Tale.
All Helena really wants is a better life for her 12-year-old son, Luke. To do that, she needs to get him into a good school, which isn’t easy to do when you are a single mother and a Catholic in a near-future United States where there is no more separation between church and state.
States, even neighborhoods, are divided along religious lines, and Helena faces discrimination everywhere she goes. Adam, a teenager from her congregation, convinces Helena to leave everything behind and take him and her son across the new American landscape to New Secular City, where they hope to find good schools, good jobs, and tolerance.
After facing many obstacles, they will finally reach their destination, but it may not be what any of them expected.
A local and indie author, Matthew brings up issues of religion and boundaries in a digestible way. He allows readers still to have questions... even at the end. Matthew seems to be an unapologetic author of the Hoosier state of Indiana.