Red Death by Jeff Altabef

AUTHOR’S BLURB: What happens when everything you believed turns out to be a lie?

Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother, Wilky, discovers a cure to the plague, her world turns upside down. Branded as traitors by the corrupt High Priest, Aaliss and Wilky are forced to seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home, but when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or… might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?

MY REVIEW: I’m not going to lie. I couldn’t read it all the way thru. Yet. But I will. It’s really good and I can tell it only gets better. I just have a MAAAJOOOR problem with religion, so I’m going to to have to have to take this in sips and starts. It’s all completely relevant to the story and not judgemental, anyone. This is my issue totally and completely. But I am HOOKED! I look forward to more from this author. which is crazy, because I also don’t like dystopian stories, generally, either. I will definitely be recommending him.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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