[The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer


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    [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer Gretchen Blickensderfer ↠ 5 characters Last summer we saw something new hit the shelves in terms of dystopian fiction a novel about the rise of a Christian theocratic state and the persecution of alternate faiths and sexualities While Christian Nation was an interesting read however it was also very dry very black and white in its heroes and villains and surprisingly misogynistic in its persecution of gay men over all others including militant terroristsWith

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    Summary Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Gretchen Blickensderfer [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer Gretchen Blickensderfer ↠ 5 characters Note I received a free copy of The Last Circle in exchange for an honest reviewThe uote that encapsulates the book’s premise opens chapter

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    [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer Summary Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Gretchen Blickensderfer I have won this book as a giveaway and shall update this review when I have recieved the book and read itUpdate I never received a copy; therefore I didn’t read it or write a review

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    [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer This is a rather long but very compelling thriller set in a near future American dystopia What could happen if all of the fundamentalist Christian wing nuts got it all their own way politically? This like the ve

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    review The Last Circle [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer Summary Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Gretchen Blickensderfer I am not usually interested in alternate histories such as what if Hitler got his posting as an artist or what if Hannibal didn't cross the Alps And dystopian stories are not my cup of tea either unless there is some redemption in the story

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    Gretchen Blickensderfer ↠ 5 characters Summary Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Gretchen Blickensderfer [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer As the current day United States fights toward legalizing gay marriage across all 50 states The Last Circle looks at a

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    [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer Summary Ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Gretchen Blickensderfer I so loved this book Gretchen is a truly fantastic writer who kept me entertained throughout her entire story Her characters were so great I got a big kick out of Shelby in all her righteous indignation over every little thing and it actually made me laugh uite a few times Shelby's use of JK Rowlings as a example of evil

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    review The Last Circle Gretchen Blickensderfer ↠ 5 characters [The Last Circle] E–pub ¹ Gretchen Blickensderfer This book has powerful subject matter and is relevant to anyone who has ever felt different and had to flee to survive The Wiccan Coven in the book is described beautifully The interactions of characters explore

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The Last Circle Free download Ü 5 If you will not be saved there will be conseuences Based upon platforms and uotes from Conservative political and church leaders The Last Circle chron. Last summer we saw something new hit the shelves in terms of dystopian fiction a novel about the rise of a Christian theocratic state and the persecution of alternate faiths and sexualities While Christian Nation was an interesting read however it was also very dry very black and white in its heroes and villains and surprisingly misogynistic in its persecution of gay men over all others including militant terroristsWith The Last Circle Gretchen Blickensderfer approaches a similar decline in the American dream but does so with greater balance and personality Hers is a very human drama There are no clear black and white distinctions here no perfect heroes or villains and no hatred of one abomination above all others In fact while faith and politics play a significant role in the transition to a Christian theocratic state it s individual relationships that drive the central conflictsThe story itself is structured somewhat oddly with a contemporary first person interview framing a traditional third person narrative but it works especially once the true identity of Gwen is revealed It s this framing that really brings the story home providing a sympathetic viewpoint for the reader As I said the other characters are not perfect and even the persecuted heroes have traits that make you want to just reach through the page and shake some sense into them so Gwen is important as a sort of emotional anchor Every time we begin to find ourselves frustrated with Laura and her coven Gwen s story reminds of just how high the stakes are and precisely why we have to rise about petty personal conflictsAs for Laura she s an interesting choice for a protagonist An emotionally distant young woman with some serious relationship issues she takes solace and comfort in her role as coven leader That responsibility begins to wear on her however once the persecution starts and her inability to reconcile her friendships with her sense of a larger purpose causes significant tensions It is her stubborn insistence on illegally publishing an article critical of President Palmer s reforms that puts them all at risk and her perseverance in holding an eually illegal pagan ritual as a protest that puts them on the runPersonally opposing her is a woman by the name of Shelby once a simple if dangerously obsessive church group leader with relationship issues of her own Although she has no ambitions to rise above her station in life a series of circumstances including several broken relationships put her side by side with President Palmer as his Director of the Bureau of Religious Protection She is a dangerous woman full of ideas and passions but short on reason As her obsession grows fed by the evangelical propaganda of her husband Shelby makes the final confrontation with Laura and her coven a personal one despite the fact that the world is watching and the stakes are far higher than she s possible of comprehendingNot surprising for a story that s primarily about relationships this is also a story that turns on a number of betrayals spiritual emotional and physical Many of them are subtle with larger implications revealed later on but a few of them are uite staggering To say much would be to spoil their power but it all comes back to the idea that nobody is perfect and that what should be black and white is really just shades of grey It makes for an uncomfortable read at times but reading about such a fundamental betrayal of the American dream should be uncomfortableWhile I thought the story could use a little description I sometimes found it hard to visualize who people were or what was happening that s really my only complaint I thought it was imaginative and well thought out with the rise of the Christian theocratic state entirely reasonably and sadly almost logical There s a lovely appreciation for history here as well with several significant events recreated or echoed in the struggle of Laura and her coven I m still not sure how I feel about the climax I appreciate it but don t necessarily like it but overall The Last Circle is absolutely worth reading for anybody with an interest in the struggle for euality and acceptance As published on Bending the Bookshelf

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The Last Circle Free download Ü 5 Icles the rise to power of a United States Evangelical theocracy and the small group of Pagan and LGBT friends who must escape the country to survive. This is a rather long but very compelling thriller set in a near future American dystopia What could happen if all of the fundamentalist Christian wing nuts got it all their own way politically This like the very different Handmaid s Tale shows a version of the results and why we need to take their sometimes ridiculous rhetoric seriously I know this is a political comment and I make it because the politics of the book are unavoidable If you are sympathetic to the extremes of right wing political rhetoric and its aims you will hate this bookIt s very focused on the action which is fast moving with strong tension so much so that I finished it in 2 days even though it s almost 500 pages Don t be too put off by the length it moves very fast plus the type size is large and the line spacing very open The plot is very twisty too and primarily character driven which leads to one of its problemsThe characters of the Bad Guys especially Shelby are like caricatures They re definitely sociopathic and possibly especially Shelby literally insane I do not see how a pragmatic if sociopathic leader like Stephen Palmer would allow someone as basically unhinged as Shelby into the top circle of power But then we don t see enough of him to know if he s also psychotic he may be and just hides it betterThe Good Guys are better drawn generally sympathetic but flawed and they uite often irritate both each other and the reader The main problem I had with them is that they did not seem consistently flawed Sometimes their attitudes and responses didn t seem coherent to what had gone before However compared to the kind of action story in which all the Good Guys seem to be of one mind and always in accord this is refreshingly realistic I also did enjoy reading a thriller where modern Pagans were definitely the Good GuysI liked the way the setting addressed the idea of what the USA would look like if extremist fringe of the right wing got their way This was pointed up by the uotes that start each chapter actual uotes from actual public figures cited at the end of the book though I wished the cites had been included with the uotes themselves and think that would have made a stronger point that people are really talking about doing these things here and nowDystopias tend to be exaggerated and that s true hereI really don t think that the USA would slide into becoming a nation of fanatics in 5 or so years especially not to the degree depicted Mostly people are far too apathetic for thatand if they were going for the apathetic as well as the unbelievers they would not have much popular support especially after they took away all the raunch in the media I could be wrong about this but very much hope I am notMy final uibble has to do with the writing style especially some of the word choices They were odd in their rhythms and connotations For example Texas closing its borders to all but the most loyal paramours of Jesus pg 454 Paramours implies a far carnal relationship than I think the author meant Similarly She was screaming in berserk agitation as a third agent hammered a baton onto her gunshot wound pg 362 The nuances of neither berserk nor agitation really seem to fit the described scene Also All were tacitly organized and under Lilyan s covert direction assuaged their outraged guilt pg 377 It s really awkward since the adjectives do not match up well with the nouns they re paired with These are 3 examples but this dissonance permeated the book It s as if the author used a thesaurus to find a fancier word with an arguably similar meaning rather than choosing a plainer word that fit the sentences comfortablyI got this book for reviewing from paganbookreviewsnet and I m glad I did I enjoyed it a lot despite its flaws and would be interested in from Blickensderfer

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The Last Circle Free download Ü 5 A terrifying chase through the southern states tests the limits of their friendship and someone from among them is secretly tipping off their pursuers. I am not usually interested in alternate histories such as what if Hitler got his posting as an artist or what if Hannibal didn t cross the Alps And dystopian stories are not my cup of tea either unless there is some redemption in the story I feel we re living in a dystopia already so I don t need to see any of themHoweverExcept this one could come true As a member of the LGBT community I have always feared a Kristallnacht type of event Like many in my community I have been subjected to hatred and bullying throughout my life Nothing that we have achieved in the LGBT community is impervious to the stroke of a pen It could all get wiped out tomorrow The white christian fundamentalist males NEED to have someone to hate in order to fund their political agendas And anyone who isn t a white christian fundamentalist male is a target for their hatredThe trigger for the main characters to be set on their paths is a very believable crisis in the middle east that causes economic ruin in the United States Out of this chaos rises the revangelsit movement which promises a uick fix to the problems of the US Simply put by them the US was founded on christian s and blessed by God himself and the country has strayed from those founding principles and have incurred the wrath of God the Almighty And the cause of this wrath are those who spit in the face of Jesus and flaunt their lifestyle choices for all to seeThrough a program of enlightenment those who are different are invited to visit Salvation Centers where they are gently shown the way of the word and the love of Jesus everlastingIn reality it is a pogrom of spiritual and racial cleansing and the Salvation Centers are a euphemism for euthanasia camps Against this as backdrop our two main characters weave a story of intrigue betrayal and hatredEach chapter is prefaced with an actual uote from a current public figure describing how those with alternative lifestyles are personally responsible for the destruction of society And how much better we would all be if all those nasty homosexuals just disappearedDon t ever say It can t happen here

  • Hardcover
  • 496
  • The Last Circle
  • Gretchen Blickensderfer
  • en
  • 22 January 2020
  • 9781626468405