Review of The Righteous

Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Book Reviews | 2 comments

The RighteousThe Righteous by Michael Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly, I did not go into The Righteous thinking that I would find it interesting. It was an impulse buy and I thought I’d read a few chapters while waiting at the doctor’s office or something and then likely put it down. I was so wrong.

Immediately I was intrigued by what is a very foreign world, though it resides in the same country that I do. I have no idea if what goes on in this story is based on actual communities or not, but that doesn’t matter to me in the slightest. This is a fantastic story, told with spare style that I enjoyed. There are enough twists and turns to keep you guessing about what’s really going on.

Michael Wallace draws his characters well. The antagonists have motivations and the protagonists have flaws. I adore Eliza. She’s a smart girl inhabiting a world that she loves, but has issues with. Unlike a lot of these types of heroines, she doesn’t immediately run away and toughs it out. I admire her strength more than any other female character I’ve read recently. Jacob, her brother and the other main character, is troubled by his lack of faith, but that doesn’t stop him from making tough choices for the good of his people.

The only reason this story doesn’t get five stars is that there are some minor pacing issues in the latter half. He spends quite a bit of time relating detailed religious aspects of their world that I just didn’t find necessary. Others might like that bit of world building, but I wasn’t too keen on it. Please don’t let that put you off this book, because it is a fabulous read and you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. I saw your review when googling some stuff about one of my other books and just wanted to add a quick thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed The Righteous.

    • Hi Michael!

      Thanks for stopping by to say hello.

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