Vanquished, reminiscent of The Giver by Lois Lowery, takes place in a seemingly perfect futuristic society where people are separated into three classes: the Greaters, the Middles, and the Lessers. But is it perfect? The three classes live in different communities. If a citizen of a higher status steps out of line, the government will pull them from their family, demote them to a Lesser status, and move them to a Lesser city—never to be seen again.
Hana is a solid Middle citizen with dreams of working for the government to help the Lessers. But her mother is deathly ill due to a mutation. Hana discovers that there is medicine that can help, but it is reserved for the Greaters. With her mother dying and Hana powerless to help her, she learns through Fischer that there is an even Greater power.
Bibles have been banned for so long that Hannah has no idea what one is. She’s never heard of God. Religion is outlawed. In her desperation to learn more about God and save her mother, Hana puts her future, and her friends, at risk of being demoted to Lesser status.
Vanquished was such a treat—a clean, compelling story set in a fascinating environment with the Gospel perfectly interwoven. The author cleverly illustrates that the word of God can’t be squelched, even under government threat.
The only complaint I have about Vanquished was the ending. The storyline wasn’t tied up in a nice little bow. Rather, it ended with a hook. So be warned—if you get as into Vanquished as I did, you’ll want the sequel on hand.
More about the author:
KATIE CLARK writes young adult speculative fiction, including her dystopian Enslaved Series, made up of Vanquished, Deliverance, and Redeemer. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.