FICTION
The Virtue of Sin
Philomel. Jun. 2019. 432p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525516545.
COPY ISBN

Gr 8 Up–New Jerusalem is a desert haven for the people who live there. Protected from the evils of the outside world and led in spiritual growth by their prophet Daniel, the people are safe. Daniel says the time has come for a Matrimony where the young men will take a wife, chosen by God and revealed to them in their dreams. Miriam knows Caleb will choose her. But things go terribly wrong—Miriam finds herself bound to a new member of their community and left adrift from what she believed was her path. Did God choose for them, or is this Daniel’s mistake? Is everything Miriam has been taught a lie? If so, what does she do? Miriam is set upon a path that reveals long-hidden truths about the place she has always called home. Soon words like cult and false prophet are being uttered, and it is up to her to decide what she believes and what she can live with. Miriam is the only female character who finds her true voice and limited power, while the other female characters come across as caricatures and stereotypes. The male characters are predictably domineering, disapproving, and hungry for power.

VERDICT While the book is well written, it reads like a cliché of every cult story that has been on the news. There are no surprises, and readers can see the path clearly laid out before them. A simplistic read about a deeper problem.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

TOP STORIES

LIBRARY EDUCATION

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COMMUNITY FORM

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.