The Sixth Domicile (The Domicile Series Book 1) by Courtney RugglesPublished on January 20th, 2016Published by Elephantine Publishing
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
In a future ravaged by greed and war, The Domicile has emerged. A new civilization governed by clandestine Elders where citizens are united by white masks and uniform identities. To remove one’s mask, to go outside the Domicile, to show defiance, means being sent to the Meurtre, a horrifying death sentence.
Q437B doesn’t follow the rules. She craves sunlight, dares to love her childhood friend B116A, and–the most forbidden of all–has seen the true face of her beloved beneath his mask.
But when Q becomes an Adulte, The Domicile threatens to take away everything that makes her happy. She is forced to marry an abusive soldier who demands she conform.
Whispers spread about the unconventional lessons she teaches her new students. And when Q openly disobeys the Elders, the people become restless, questioning the truth of the world in the wake of such defiance.
Rumblings of discontent stir as others begin to follow the path toward their freedom. The Revolution has begun, and Q is the spark that ignited the flames.
The Sixth Domicile is book 1 in the Domicile Series, A New Adult dystopian. Fans of Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Ally Condie’s Matched series will love The Sixth Domicile.
It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a dystopian novel and it is my first time to read a New Adult dytopian novel, and I must say this book kind off met my expectations. It was fast-paced and an easy-breezy read if you are not a fan of too much complicated plot and plot twist.
Even if I enjoyed this book immensely and read it for 5 hours staright without moving an inch out of my bed, there are still technicalities that needs to be pointed out.
The characters are likeable but they were written too one-dimensional that you wouldn’t care too much on their problems and likewise on how Q was talking about the male protagonists penis for at least 2 paragraphs, but I am cutting them some slack off since it’s a New Adult and we need to read about how taut it looks and glittery under the moonlight.
There are times when you just want to slam your head against the wall, because you don’t know if you’ll like the female protagonist for being “brave” and extremely stupid at the same time. But, I find her portrayal refreshing to old dystopian readers. She did not hesistate when ask to join the rebellion, which you don’t see a lot in dystopian (there’s always that part of the main protagonist to play hard-to-get through out the book.)
There is a lot of potential for the plot to flourish, (i do hope this happens in the second book), government oppression, strict implementation of rules, secret rebellions here and there but it focused to much on the love between two characters you won’t care until the end of the book. Dystopian buried deep deep deep down in a plot too focus on much on romance between two characters.
There is nothing new with the world and world-building with this book. It simply follows the typical dystopian history on how the world was in chaos and blah-di-blah-da-blah a group of people try to save them blah-di-blah how oppressing it became blah-di-blah we have a girl who clearly is a threat to the said oppressing government.
Courtney’s love for writing started pretty much when she learned to read, which her mother would tell you was a feat in itself back when she was in the first grade. Once she aced those flashcards with vocabulary words, Courtney’s writing took off. And her love with it. In school, she was always writing short stories on a word processor (What?? Word processor with floppy disks?). Oh yes, she literally had a card filing case full of floppy disks.
Now getting her Doctorate in social work, she’s used this education to help her write some of the gritty issues entwined in her stories. When Courtney isn’t writing her next book while drinking coffee, you can find her doing homework (drag) with chocolate chip flavored coffee, reading series of books (because school books are only so interesting) while drinking pumpkin flavored coffee, playing with her little boy, or daydreaming of future beach houses while drinking some other scrumptious flavor of coffee.