The Sixth Domicile by Courtney Ruggles description:
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.
This book is like if Logan’s Run and the book The Cure by Sonia Levitin had a baby. It had a good pace and kept me reading, and I definitely can’t wait to see what happens next. I like how it wasn’t necessarily some planned execution that really starts the rumblings, but instead someone like Q just trying to stand up for what’s right, and recognizing they should be able to choose their love and not be stuck with an abusive husband, is what makes other people really take notice. I both liked and was frustrated by Q. I liked that she was all about sticking it to the man, and I even liked that sometimes she hated the fact that she couldn’t be like everyone else and just step in line, that she hated how she seemed to cause trouble not just for herself because she couldn’t be the good submissive wife in a patriarchal society. My frustration came when she couldn’t understand why others might do the same things she was in trying to keep her from getting hurt, and how she was so all over the place in being angry or in love when it came to B. I was also rather surprised by how erotic it got at times, books like this might have those moments but it’s more emotional description than very explicit action. Now, I’m no puritan but it was a bit unusual for this type of story, and for the revolutionist to be going out of their way to make sure that B and Q get their happy time seemed a bit implausible, when it might would’ve been better for them to make some actual sort of plans on how to bring down the Domicile. But mostly this book needed better editing. Ruggles often uses A instead of B or vice versa several times, which is important considering the naming system and determining if it’s a woman or man talking. Also it could be repetitive during certain actions, almost like she didn’t realize she already said they’d done that. It wasn’t horrible, but it could’ve easily been fixed with a bit more scrutiny. However, like I said, I’ll definitely check out the next book.