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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Kricket by Penni Jones is a dystopian novel set in present times. Kricket is a member of the Religious Resistance, fighting to restore religious freedom after the Religious Uniformity Act took it away. A close call sees Kricket leaving the activists to protect her daughter but she continues to provide support by running an illegal bar and smuggling drugs that are classed as banned, like antibiotics. She keeps her hand in by taking out the occasional extortionist working for the Department of Religious Affairs but soon enough she will be dragged back in, she will need to make a decision. A plot is uncovered to murder the director of the DRA and Kricket must make a choice – her beliefs or her family. Either way, she must stay true to her community; the wrong choice will have devastating consequences.
Kricket by Penni Jones is a cracking good read, so very real. It may be dystopian, it may be a kind of alternate history, but you can easily see this kind of thing happening. This is a hard-hitting plot, incredibly well written with fabulous characters. All are identifiable, even the bad guys, and are developed properly, very thoroughly. I feel though that there may be more to learn, that there may be another story to follow this one. Kricket is compelling, dramatic, full of action and gripping, everything a truly great novel needs to be. The story is consistent, as are the characters, and there was no hanging about with the story moving at a quick but steady pace. Excellent story, and I'm looking forward to seeing if there is a sequel.