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Publisher's Summary

Churches are banned. Religion is outlawed. Freedom is dead. 

Found guilty of “spreading dissent”, Jenna and David Hall are sentenced to re-education at the Innova Center. 

Their home is forfeit. Their marriage is dissolved. 

Once a famous actress, Jenna is afforded immunity from the most aggressive forms of therapy because they want something from her, but David is not so lucky. 

He’s a hostage. Cooperation will keep him alive, but at what cost?

©2018 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2019 Julie C. Gilbert

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Engaging short story

Futuristic sci-fi short story about a future repressive US...sort of a Gillead in reverse because now public displays of religion are forbidden. You get a hint that this is more about just religious oppression because of the histories of some other characters but the main characters are in trouble for religious expression. I liked the backstory of the main character. You get some good inner debate about tough choices she has to make but she did seem a little too perfect. The story ended quite abruptly... and I wanted to hear more. Narrator was fine. I received this book for free via a promotional code.

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Interesting Thought Experiment

Note: I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. This short little novella is an interesting thought experiment. It is definitely in the realm of Christian Dystopian, think - later books in the Left Behind series. It really seems like it should be longer, or just a short prequel to a longer book. If you like Christian books, you could enjoy this, its not great literature, but its a good diversion. If you don't come from a Christian perspective, then I don't think you will enjoy it, it wasn't really written for you.

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captivating but needed to be longer !

hunmm .. that was an interesting read / listen to . the performance was excellent and the story was very much captivating .. the end came too soon and I wanted more !! this is why it Lost a star note : I was given a free copy of the book for review .

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Innova

A fantastic read. The Narrator done a fantastic job at the Audio it had you on the edge of your seat. And the twists and turns were great. A great short story. The Author did a great job building the story and ending it. This is definitely a must read. Shauna Joesten

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Short but Powerful

A powerful story set in a not too distant future where organized religion is outlawed, Overnight people are arrested for 'past crimes' and taken away. The injustice is well played and hard hitting. My only complaint is the fact that this short story could have gone on to be a full novel, I would love to read more, but it was really nice to finish the story before my commute.

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a good story but too short

I enjoyed the story but like I said a little too short could have gone into a full book. I would like to see that. It does get your mind thinking that's something that could possibly happen in the future.

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  • 04-22-20

great

A great short story by Julie C Gilbert and narrated by Jacqueline DeGraff. I'm looking forward to more xxxx

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  • 04-12-20

Scary and thought inducing!

This book gave me the shivers, the thought of religion being outlawed and freedom of thought banned is terrifying! The arrest and realisation that her visions were coming true was scary, but I loved that Jenna and David's faith and marriage was strong and they were willing to fight. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the book and wanted to know more about 'the accident' that led to the visions!

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  • 04-10-20

Short and engaging read.

The synopsis sold this book to me and coincidentally slipped neatly into my recent spate of reading dystopian novels. I liked the world building, it felt real and just as importantly believable. A government that is increasing its restrictions incrementally, until finally, it's at the point where it can make big changes without effective opposition. A government that sees religion as one of the last stumbling block to its endgame. Jenna was the prime character and she was well developed, the story told from her point of view. Secondary characters not as much but that was to be expected given the scope of the story. I liked that her faith was front and centre and sustained her throughout this ordeal. I was reading on the go, so I couldn't get a chance to make a note of the verses she quoted. However, that will be an excuse to read again. The only grumble I would have is that I felt it ended abruptly, there is so much more to know about this world. The snippets shared by the staff at Innova made me want to delve deeper and wishing that certain themes were developed more than others. Overall a good read that had me thinking about relationships and the role of governments. My thanks to the author for a copy for this book in exchange for a candid review.

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  • 02-28-20

Great little gem of a story.

Really enjoyed this story. Solid plot and left me wanting more from the author. I am hoping this was a snippet for a next book, I will be checking! Narration was very good, and she worked well with the book. A look at what life could be like with an overwhelming government influence. I could happily listened to more. Overall recommend a listen, or even a read.