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Reviewed by Tawny Molina for Readers' Favorite
Believe by Sohail Malik is a fascinating tale following a young man as he does his best to survive as a religious worshiper in a world where the religious are slaves to the state. Joseph is a firstborn child, which means that at the age of seventeenth he will be torn from his family by the state. Despite knowing this will happen, Joseph does his best to cling to his happy life, including marrying his sweetheart. Naturally, when the state comes to claim the firstborn children, Joseph finds himself separated from his loved ones and is soon fighting for his life in an attempt to save his fellow enslaved children and get back to his loved ones.
Believe is a well-written novel. Sohail Malik has provided us with an exciting dystopian world that, while being similar to other novels, manages to make itself stand out. While there are a good number of books set in twisted futures with hidden dark aspects, generally it is the government that is oppressing the people in these situations while hiding behind the guise of a religion. That makes this book interesting as Malik has turned this idea around, giving us the religiously oppressed point of view in the person of Joseph, and later on, another lost soul. If you are looking for a story about the oppressed fighting for their right to live peacefully, this is the novel for you. Be sure to pick up this book as you will not regret it! A fantastic read.