I ended up really enjoying The Heretic
. This story was interesting and extremely thought provoking. This is how the story began:Jordi and his family live in a village out in the middle of nowhere. Night falls and Jordi hears the sound of a dog barking. While investigating the sound, Jordi sees a group of armed men walking through the village. Jordi immediately wakes his family and they begin to flee their house.
"Freedom exists, he had told them, and there will come a time when you must all fight for it. No one will give it to you.
The author didn't waste any time here. The beginning of the book was chaotic (in a good way). The setting was a mix of post apocalyptic and science fiction.The Heretic
had a very strong beginning. I was honestly pulled in from the very first page. The author made me care about the characters during the beginning of the story, even though I didn't know much about them. I was very impressed with how the beginning reeled me in.
The book starts off strong, and then slows down a good bit. There's not a lot happening during this time, but this is when we learn more about the plot and characters. We are also introduced to a new character and a really awesome spaceship. Yay for spaceships!
The main characters live in a state of repression
. The citizens are teetering on the edge of a revolt due to a corrupt government
. There is absolutely no freedom on this planet.
A little side note: A corrupt government is one of my most favorite things to read about. I am obviously the target market here.
"What you believe in, you are told, is not your choice to make. The moment you refuse the First Concession-the moment you choose to believe in something greater than the Magistratus and its New Republic-you will be hunted forever. You must be ready to take your freedom."
There wasn't as much world building as I would have liked. Mr. Bale please give us more of this evil government! The world is so very intriguing and I need more.
"By conceding our freedom in return for protection, each citizen of the Republic permits that control."
"Citizens in the Core do not question that control, because they have everything they need to live their pampered lives; everything except the freedom to believe in something more than the Republic."
The last quote is my favorite because it is so true. Julius Caesar once said to prevent a revolt all you need is bread and circuses. Keep their bellies full and their minds entertained. Why would they bite the hand that feeds them? Most wouldn't, even knowing that it may lead to eventual doom.
This is a short book, at only 192 pages (on Kindle). I found myself wanting more once I made it to the end. I'm hoping this is just an introduction, with many more books that follow. I was a bit shocked to learn that Mr. Bale is a self-published author and The Heretic
is his very first book. I thought the book was written and edited very well. I can see how this reminded some readers of Star Wars (which I LOVE). One of the MCs reminded me of Han Solo. Oh, and this book was filled with so many amazing quotes.
I got this book on Kindle Unlimited.