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C.B. Stone’s Rehabilitation and Awakening



“My name is Sinna Reardon. I suppose deep down I’d like to believe God exists. But he doesn’t, not since the war. Most days I’m OK with that. Jacob calls me a pessimist, but I’m a realist. How can I Believe when a place like Rehabilitation and a regime like the Elite exist, dictating our every move?

If God were so great, he’d do something. But he hasn’t. We’re forgotten. And that scares me, because it means I might have to do something myself…”

Sinna has spent her life walking a fine line between breaking the rules and obeying them to a fault. In a Godless world where science and logic reign supreme and people are punished for Believing, are friendship and love reasons enough to abandon unbelief? Enough to put her faith in something bigger than herself?

My review: 

C.B. Stone’s Rehabilitation is a unique dystopian YA novel. (Although dystopian is one of my favorite genres, it’s often difficult to find a fresh take).  In Rehabilitation, Sinna Reardon lives in a society where God does not exist, at least that’s what she’s been programmed to believe. But her best friend Jacob is a believer, even though this makes him a target in their society which worries Sinna immensely. Is she right in thinking that God doesn’t exist? Or is Jacob? Rehabilitation is a fast, compelling read that I couldn’t put down.



“Though music is forbidden and could get me in big trouble with the Ministry, I nevertheless often find myself singing softly in spite of the danger.

Little do I know just how much hot water my strange compulsion to sing will actually land me in.

What is happening in the world around me? How is it happening? How does the stranger Noah fit into things? And most importantly… why me? I’m no more special than the next person.

So many questions and so many dangers. All I can do is trust that whatever is happening, it is good. I can see that it’s good, and I refuse to let anyone convince me otherwise.”

My Review: 

In Jaelynn’s society, music is forbidden and yet she feels compelled to sing. In fact while she goes about the monotony of her daily life, she sings words that come to her in her dreams. And then she meets Noah, a man traveling through the country,  who encourages her to continue to sing, regardless of the consequences. Should Jaelynn listen to Noah’s advise and continue to sing the songs in her heart?

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