While on a routine assignment scouting the country's dwindling natural resources, Patricia "Patch" and her best friend, Rexx, discover a cache of dangerous contraband-- printed books from before the Seclusion. These texts spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that leads to the arrest of Patch's father by the totalitarian Board, which runs the entire country.
Evading their own arrest, Patch and Rexx set out across a ruined future United States. Along the way they learn how their country came to be this way, but their newfound knowledge may lead to their own demise.
What I liked best: The characters are wonderful and relatable. Jacqui Castle's writing style is engaging and descriptive. Her world building makes the setting seem like home and incredibly alien at the same time. It combines a mixture of "This could never happen." with " Wait... this could happen." This mixture makes for a page-turner, roller coaster of a ride. Entertaining and thought-provoking this is my top pick book of 2019.
Don't pass up on Jacqui Castle's The Seclusion. You won't be disappointed. It is a book everyone will be talking about.