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The international voice is left unheard
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2020
The reader has to put so much knowledge in a parking lot to read this, it simply becomes absurd. Suspended belief and knowledge is not usually difficult for me, but this book just asked too much of it. As an adult reading this, from the first page, I kept asking " where is the international community in this? How is Unwinding not a Crime Against Humanity?" It's absolutely impossible for me to read this book and not wonder how the US was not invaded by the rest of the world to stop this abomination before it started. We would probably have lost too- the Unwinding truce being signed at the end of a long, difficult civil war. Our country would have been in a horrible position to have a new war to defend against.
Since the international voice is so silent, it made me wonder if something had happened on a global scale to make other countries okay with this practice. But that topic is never touched on.
Small spoiler: Then towards the end of the book, to have the Vatican say that they have no position on unwinding? Are you kidding me? Seriously! I mean, come on! There is NO country in the world that would let this happen peacefully outside of some extraordinary circumstances that would leave the US completely insular. But the Vatican's silence is also not explained.
Then there's the writing. It's as if it was written by a twelve year old and edited by someone while watching TV. All the characters act way above their age with the occasional scuffle. There are no big, challenging words in the book, it's extremely simplistic writing. And basic brain functions can be found in many places online and off. The author should have at least skimmed one or two references before attempting to write about the subject.
I don't know if I'll continue to read the series or not. I simply can't decide if the author is asking a lot from his readers, if he thinks his readers are extremely stupid, or if he is.