“Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble. Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?” (from Amazon.com)
The dystopian genre is generally captivating (The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver, etc) but the worldviews, causes, and solutions (as well as content) always irk me. Counted Worthy was a refreshing change. It had all the elements of dystopian: over-regulatory government, the lasting effects of an old civil war, and just a little bit of unfamiliar technology. But what made the difference was the cause.
It is a story of Christians, persecuted for their faith, and struggling to survive in a hateful world. The fight to survive isn’t another gun-blazing rebellion, it’s the awakening of people’s consciences. The final thing that stood out to me was the relationship between the male and female main characters. Though it was a little less guarded than I would prefer, it wasn’t a boyfriend/girlfriend situation. Their thoughts and intentions were to protect one another and work together to save someone they mutually loved.
Although sometimes the story was slow (lots of dialogue and thought) the stakes were enough to keep me going. I cared!
The content was good. It had very little violence at all (maybe one mention of blood?). It states that one character curses and another time starts to swear. It was not condoned or written, and I attributed it to his character development. He was the only Christian in a relentlessly atheistic home, and I expected him to be rough around the edges. As a final note, I would have appreciated more male leadership in the Christian underground.
Best quote: “I brushed my fingers over the faded red house number. 73. Perfection and resurrection. A sign of safety for Christians.”