Title: The Sixth Domicile
Author: Courtney Ruggles
Genre: NA Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence.
Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend B116A, and–the most forbidden of all–has seen the true face of her beloved beneath his mask.
But when Q becomes an Adulte, The Domicile threatens to take away everything that makes her happy. She is forced to marry an abusive soldier who demands she conform.
Whispers spread about the unconventional lessons she teaches her new students. And when Q openly disobeys the Elders, the people become restless, questioning the truth of the world in the wake of such defiance.
Rumblings of discontent stir as others begin to follow the path toward their freedom. The Revolution has begun, and Q is the spark that ignited the flames.
About the Author:
Courtney’s love for writing dates back to short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks. Now she continues her writing (she upgraded to a laptop) while living in Southern Ohio with her husband and son.
Although Courtney has always lived in Ohio, sometimes closer to the Ohio River and sometimes further away, she dreams of the mountain ranges out west and the sandy Florida beaches. She married the man of her dreams and had a beautiful blond haired blue eyed boy. Before she sought publication for her first book The Sixth Domicile: Book One of the Domicile Series, Courtney worked as a social worker in a mental health agency where she counseled and provided therapy. After she left full time work, she taught social sciences at a local university and began a photography business. The “extra” time gave her the ability to focus on writing again.
The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles is an insightful, well-written New Adult Dystopian. I always appreciate a book that makes me think. TSD is definitely one of those books.
Imagine living in a world where people are forced to dress like members of a mime troop. You don’t have to worry about anything because someone else makes all your decisions—daily meals, your occupation, where you live, and even who you’ll marry. You’re also told what to think and believe. The hardest thing you’ll have to remember is your name, a series of letters and numbers.
This is the world B116A and Q437B live in. All seems okay until a ceremony which marries couples based on who the government has put together. Then hell breaks loose.
I loved B and Q. They are brave characters with strong personalities. I especially love how Q matures in TSD. She goes from this inexperienced young lady to a woman who’s willing to fight for what she wants.
I love the world Ruggles created. The leaders of this world believed they were doing the best thing for society. The daily uniform and a routine existence for all was carefully crafted to remove greed, hatred, and crime. They never considered that anything done to the extreme is detrimental. Eventually people crack under that type of pressure. The Sixth Domicile is Ruggles’ exploration of what happens when people say ‘enough’.
I highly recommend The Sixth Domicile. It’s one of those books that presents an exaggerated possibility and makes you wonder could this happen. I can’t wait to read the next one!
Rating: (5 Hands=Excellent, 4 Hands=Pretty Good, 3 Hands=Good)