My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great dystopian read from a “new-to-me” author! Thank you to Elephantine Publishing for the review copy!
The premise of this book is great! It takes place in the far future where there is a “great disease” that takes the lives of many. There is zero technology so they rely on books to get answers to any questions they may have. (LOVE THAT!)
I was a little lost on how the pilgrims were chosen, I believe that only males were sent on a pilgrimage and I believe the only male that was safe was the family leader?? Not sure about that but the idea is that a male gets sent out in search of the cure for the great disease. No one knows where the disease came from and they do not have much knowledge about it.
None of the pilgrims have ever returned from their search and they always “go to the light” (die) somewhere along the way. My favorite part of the book was that the pilgrims will write about their journey in a book that they keep with them until the end. Once the books are found, they get taken to the closest village and placed in the “Pilgrim’s Library”. This is where you can read accounts of thousands of people’s stories about their journey.
The two main characters are Marlowe and Shelley. The story is told in Marlowe’s POV and I normally do not enjoy reads from the male POV but this book was the exception. I think it was because of the story line which really intrigued me. Marlowe and Shelley really like each other but they are not destined to be together.
The ending was a bit sad and we are left on a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next in the series!