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Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa for Readers' Favorite
In the Fullness of Time by Carolyn R. Russell takes us into a world ravaged by climate change, overpopulation, and by humanity eager to get rid of mankind’s most dangerous foe: mosquitoes. Unfortunately, the extinction of mosquitoes unbalances the ecosystem, and the world has been on a rapid decline ever since. A lot has changed in a fast-forward to the future: food is scarce, humans are overpopulated, and the air is toxic. People are barely getting by, and the government is scarcely helping. Somerset Whitman will not just idly sit by and watch everything crumble further. Despite being from a privileged background, Somerset allies herself with the underprivileged and is determined to make a change and expose the criminal acts done to the people. Along the way, she might discover secrets she never expected.
Carolyn R. Russell’s dystopian novel took me on a thrilling, dangerous ride through the portrayal of a futuristic world. With Somerset Whitman as my guide, I traversed through an apocalyptic-like setting, a result of humanity’s mistake and the world’s steady downfall through the years. Somerset Whitman is born into a privileged background, but she sees through the secular church that forms the government and is horrified by how the people are treated. I admire her courage to side with what she believes is right even though it could put her in danger. Somerset is headstrong and compassionate. Her retaliation against the government’s criminal acts and growth throughout the novel is an enticing read. The author skillfully imbues the story with unique concepts, like the government-sponsored spiritual death release, and well-balanced characters. It is heartbreaking to think of the reasons why people would joyfully arrange their death in this tormented world. Overall, I found In the Fullness of Time to be an absorbing and stimulating read. It has unexpected twists and turns that constantly kept me on my toes and thought-provoking situations that have left their mark on my heart. Truly excellent!