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Tiny Tin House by L. Marisatter is based on the premise that following a second civil war, the United States of America was split in two. The Christian States of America become the Christian equivalent of the Islamic states of Iran and Afghanistan. Although legally an adult, eighteen-year-old Meryn Flint lives at home with her mother and is under the control of her stepfather. As the law required, her stepfather was responsible for finding her a husband - the sooner the better. Following the death of her mother at the hands of her stepfather, Meryn escapes and finds sanctuary and a new life among a lower caste group of people living outside the law in a tiny house community.
Tiny Tin House by L. Maristatter leaves the starting gate with a burst of narrative, scope, and action that tends to provide a sense of The Handmaiden's Tale, or for some readers similarities to the dystopian world described in 1984. The CSA adopted the governmental structure of a theocratic autocracy that ever larger numbers of people are coming to believe will be the future model for America. The author has created believable characters, detailed scene settings, and several plot lines to keep the reader glued to the pages. Maristatter knows her Bible and uses this knowledge to define and clarify the differences in personal religious belief against the misinterpreted, fanatical aspects of how powerful men misuse biblical teachings, especially as regards a women's place in the church, the home, and the world at large. This book is guaranteed to please readers interested in stories that reference the realities of modern America, religious freedom, and dystopian futures.