Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in her isolated community without ever questioning the fact that her father has three wives and she has twenty brothers and sisters; without ever questioning the strict rules imposed by 'the Prophet who leads them. But now Kyra has started keeping secrets. She reads books that are forbidden and sneaks away to meet Joshua, the boy she hopes to choose for herself, instead of having a husband chosen for her.
Kyra knows that it's only a matter of time before her two secret loves are discovered. And when the Prophet decrees that she is to become the seventh wife of her sixty-year-old uncle, Kyra is forced to make a desperate choice.
But saving herself means endangering everyone she's ever cared for.How far should she go for freedom?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/08/2010
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781847389381
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Review by TigerLMS
13 year old Kyra lives in a barren Utah compound of a polygamist cult. Kyra has several mothers, but only one dad who is married to all the wives at the same time. The cult's leader, Prophet Childs, rules the cult with more zealous rage than Stalin, and his "God Squad" enforce the rules with brutality. Women are commonly beaten to know their place, and Kyra suffers abuse when she refuses to marry her 60 year old uncle, the man for whom the prophet says she is destined. This is a page-turner of a book, and students will relate to the 'forbidden' romance between Kyra and Joshua, a classmate. The shock of a 13 year old girl marrying a 60 year old man will pull readers through as they root for Kyra's escape through the desert in the most unlikely of ways. There are a few times where the plot is contrived, most notably the relationship between Kyra and Joshua that happens under the noses of the all-knowing God Squad. Despite those minor flaws, the book is an eye-opener and one I'll recommend.
Review by StevePalmer
A great read, I particularly liked the struggle Kyra has in choosing to abandon her family, one father, three mothers and twenty siblings, to escape the forced marriage and strictures of The Prophet. Masses for a group to discuss.