Alis, Paperback Book
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Is love worth dying for? When Alis's parents reveal that she has been chosen to marry a man of forty, she is distraught - how can such an unnatural marriage be right? She abandons her life in the oppressive community where she has been brought up and flees to the city in search of freedom, only to find herself caught up in events beyond her control. Will Alis's decision to defy her parents have fatal consequences, not just for her, but for everyone who tries to help her, including the boy she loves?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781842706930

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Missing essential details.I enjoyed the basic story in this book but it was tainted for me by the fact that it took place somewhere in a nondescript country amongst the people of some nondescript cult. It could have been Mormon-esque, in America, but we were never told. This made it less of an historical fition novel and considerably detracted from my interest.The central character is Alis. She is just fourteen when she is told that she will be marrying the 40-something Minister of her community. Having been raised to believe that she will have a say in her marriage and marry for love, she is horrified. She determines to follow her brother to the great city, many miles distant from her village home.Her first step leads her to another community where extremism is bubbling up and her eyes are opened to violence and misery. She remains here for quite a while until she is able to finally make her way to the city.Here again she experiences a side of life that she had never dreamed of, compared to which, life as wife to the Minister doesn't seem quite so awful.It was a good read, if a little violent for younger readers.For me it doesn't quite make the cross-over to adult fition due to the vague nature of the details.

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