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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Marigold is Heather Mitchell Manheim's first novel and it makes an impressive beginning to her vision, writing skills, and ambition. Davis is the poster child of the firstborn child to receive the Marigold inoculation and survive. Shortly afterward her mother dies and she is reared in a private faculty. At twenty-nine, Davis still is not married, which is unusual since the United States is a polygamous country. Just when Davis is supposed to receive her yearly Marigold vaccine, she is kidnapped and taken to a bunker full of rebels. She first struggles with detoxifying from years of injections, next she wrestles with the tales told to her. How can she believe that her trust in the government, which saved her, is based on a lie? Does she even want to be part of the solution?
I found Marigold fascinating as Heather Mitchell Manheim creates a world devastated by disease, only to be rebuilt on pride, the thirst for power, and lust. The common person has everything given to them by the government, only to lose their identity and voice. The story is primarily told by Davis, but others interject their thoughts and desires, giving this inclusive insight into the story. The characters are intense, well-developed, and easy to relate to. Overall, the author skillfully keeps you guessing as to how Davis will handle the situations she finds herself in as two different groups fight for her support. I love the creative way the author weaves special friends within the story. This is the kind of book where you want to race to the end, yet find yourself savoring the journey.