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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Ten

Good morning, everyone! I don’t know about you all, but I have had a very busy week! In addition to running some long-overdue errands, re-organizing my office, and starting my reading for March Mystery Madness, I have also made a significant number of changes to The Unapologetic Bookworm since my last POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update. The biggest change is the addition of our brand new store!

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, while the store is currently visible here on The Unapologetic Bookworm, we are still in the process of figuring out some details relating to taxes and shipping. Because of this, we are currently not able to take and ship orders at this time. We hope to have these details sorted out soon, and I will let you all know when we officially open for business.

This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to read The Seclusion, by Jacqui Castle.

A book from your TBR list you meant to read last year but didn’t…

The Seclusion takes place in America in the year 2090. The country has been cut off from the rest of the world for the past 60 years, purposefully isolated behind a pair of border walls, and is run by a governing body known as the Board. The Board provides for and protects Americans, and it also monitors them…every moment of every day through the use of security cameras, drones, audio recordings, ID badges, and a chip which is implanted in every citizen’s hand immediately after birth.

Only a small number of people who are cleared for fieldwork have the chance to escape the pressures of constant surveillance, and then only for short amounts of time. As a Natural Resource Specialist, Patricia Collins is one of these lucky few.

When Patricia and her best friend, Rexx, discover an abandoned van during one of their survey jobs, she knows that they should report its existence to the Compliance Department, but curiosity gets the best of them both. Among the van’s contents, they find a suitcase filled with printed books, which have been outlawed by the Board. Their discovery prompts them to dig deeper into the truth behind America’s seclusion, and they are soon forced to go on the run.

Because everything they have been taught about their country is a lie…and their knowledge of this fact is enough to see them both branded as traitors.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Seclusion, and found that I had a very difficult time putting it down. I ended up reading most of the book in a single day, because I wanted to find out what would happen to Patricia and Rexx.

The Seclusion is one of those books that is both exciting and thought-provoking. It actually reminded me very strongly of books like George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, because the future Castle writes about is so incredibly plausible…and it’s a frightening prospect.

I do think it is important to mention that this book does include some content that might cause discomfort for some readers, including torture and an attempt at re-programming thoughts through repeated exposure to violent images and propaganda.

If you consider yourself a fan of the science fiction genre, or even if you don’t, I highly recommend taking the time to read The Seclusion. It’s a great book, which will really make you stop and think. If you do have a chance to read The Seclusion, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on March 13th. In the meantime, I hope that you will visit The Unapologetic Bookworm frequently next week for book reviews (including my final review from February’s Mini Manga Readathon) and other new content.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

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