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Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite
The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles is an amazing read! After a revolution in the outside world, people banded together and formed Domiciles to protect themselves. Ten were built in all, and this is the story of the Sixth Domicile. People in the Domiciles all wear black clothing and white masks, their bodies and faces are never revealed. The Elders exert strict control over the inhabitants of the Domicile. To take off your mask is an immediate death sentence in the Meurtre. As people are known only by numbers, this story revolves around Q437B and the love of her life, B116A. The two are best friends and become lovers shortly before a marriage ceremony. The ceremony is know as The Ripening, and all inhabitants are expected to marry the person chosen for them by the Elders. Once married, the couples are given a Life Path, which they are expected to follow without question. Here begins an extremely interesting story of love, hatred, loss and betrayal. Will Q and B be able to overcome their loss with being married to other people? How will they follow their Life Path and fit into society when they have known true love? Well, you need to read the book to find out!
The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles is the first book in what promises to be an extremely entertaining series. A real little gem of a book. It is an interesting look at how our lives can change. A war and subsequent rebellion force people to seek protection. Here we get an idea of what we are capable of doing to our society. Racial, religious and political strife could all lead us to this point. In the Domicile, there is no distinction between race or religion. All are covered from head to toe. This is certainly one way to combat some of the ills of society. But what happens when someone pushes those boundaries of life and death, absolute order and no free will? It's not that difficult to imagine such a situation. The story is well crafted, and draws you into this strange world. The characters are well defined and extremely interesting, and the tale is one you cannot put down. All of this makes an excellent book. I look forward to future adventures of life in the Sixth Domicile.