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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  138 reviews
In the year 2090, America has walled itself off from the rest of the world. When her father is arrested by the totalitarian Board, a young woman sets out to escape the only country she’s ever known.

While on a routine assignment scouting the viability of dwindling natural resources outside the massive urban centers most American citizens call home, Patricia ’Patch’ and her
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Inkshares
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Jacqui Castle Thank you for asking, Janie! I am currently about 50% of the way through with the first draft of the sequel. The Seclusion was a crowdfunded novel, an…moreThank you for asking, Janie! I am currently about 50% of the way through with the first draft of the sequel. The Seclusion was a crowdfunded novel, and part 2 will likely be as well. You can follow the progress on Inkshares!

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May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review:

Wow what a ride! The Seclusion was a mixture of The Giver, 1984 and V for Vendetta all rolled into a nice package with a little touch of Trump thrown in. WOW again.

The Characters:

Patch: What an amazingly strong female lead character. We need more strong females like this in books. She was intelligent, questioned things on her own and didn't have to depend on others to rescue her in every situation.

Rexx: My sweet boy, what a doll. While I wi
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
In real life, the idea of building a wall to keep people out illegally sounds like a good idea to some people. But what if they built a wall that kept you in? Everyone in a place of authority lied the same lie, only let you know what you needed to know to do your job, and you couldn't speak of it outside of work? And then you find evidence of the real truth...I need the next book! This was amazing, easy to relate to reality. ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

This story starts out strong and quickly turns into a very frightening tale of how protection can easily be distorted into complete control and manipulation of a people. The world created by the author is so real you can taste it as its painted as this lovely, equality based society where everyone has a place to be, health coverage, and a job. It doesn't take long before that mirage is twisted into what it really is: that these people
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was dystopian sci-fi with a 1984 type totalitarian government. The basic premise is that the United States has built walls on all of its boarders and now The Board monitors and controls every aspect of everyone’s lives. As an American, it made me think, “what if we really did start building walls?”

I liked that this book is set in a near enough future that there is still some history in the minds of a few citizens. The main characters are young and they don’t know any other way of life. Thei
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so scarily wonderful. I will be asking every teen and fan of YA to read this book when it comes out. While not intended as a cautionary tale, its premise is so plausible in today’s world that the dystopian setting does not seem that far in the future. The premise is engaging, the characters are wonderful and well developed and the writing flows. As soon as I finished reading it, I wanted to start it again, I cannot wait until others can read and start talking about this book! It ha ...more
Kevin Walker
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Seclusion" is a thought-provoking novel that offers a possible future for America if leadership is left unchecked and the people fail to exercise their democratic authority over their government.
Echoes of "1984", "Atlas Shrugged", "The Hunger Games", and "Divergent" can be heard in its pages.
The final chapters left me wanting more. Don't pass up Ms. Castle's new book!
Robert Batten
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The Seclusion is the debut novel from journalist Jacqui Castle and it’s a ripper. The story is set in a dystopian future America that has been twisted into an isolationist authoritarian nation, separated from the rest of the world by the enormous Northern and Southern Security Borders. All history predating the walls is banned and information is tightly controlled. In this new America, the people are ruled by a faceless board and mindless patriotism is favored above all else. Into this setting w ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I want in a post apocalypse book. The world was as we know it is gone and the one Particia or "patch" is living in is a world where everyone and everything they do is monitored the place she lives is surrounded by a giant wall and they are told by the "board" (government as we know it is gone) that everything on the other side of the wall is bad and will kill them.
To say during this time we are in this book is a possible future for the U.S. may still be a stretch but its far
Dave Milbrandt
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of its merits.

As we are living in a time where we are discussing the height and depth of a wall separating America from its southern neighbors, and we have a president focused on putting America First, there is definitely some timeliness to this piece. The story was well told and engaging, serving as a dystopian warning that if certain trends continue, the result may be something we should not encourage to continue.
The Nerd Daily
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Blake Smith

"Our entire nation had been lied to for decades. Millions murdered to fit a narrative. We had no idea what was taking place outside the Walls. Whether we were being protected as we were told, or caged. We lived lives guided primarily by fear."

I was given The Seclusion in exchange for an honest review! I am so happy to have had the opportunity to read and review Jacqui Castle’s debut novel!

Set in a dystopian future in the year 2090, Am
Kerys (The Everlasting Library)
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Diego Sanchez
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC in exchange of my honest opinion, which does not affect any of my comments.
"Daddy? Will you shoot me if I say something I'm not supposed to?".:

Imagine a world where you cannot read, watch tv shows, travel, work and be who you are because you are being controlled by the government. Not very good, right?. The Seclusion is your perfect book if you love stories related to dystopian worlds. As you know, I have always wanted to go back to this kind of stories, since I was a huge fa
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I recieved an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this was kinda be a bad or shittier Matched. Like, the love aspect is there in the book and I didn't really believe it but it was nothing like Matched at all. When I first read Matched, it was a favorite. I devoured the books but it hasn't really stood the test of time. I'm sure a lot of us can relate to that. I don't know why I did think it was gonna be like Matched by Ally Condie, but I'm glad it wasn't. While it h
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Seclusion is a fascinating and frightening YA book about what the United States could look like in the near future if border walls were built and an oppressive government took power. Jacqui Castle created a timely story, acutely relevant to current events and our current governmental situation. My word cloud about this book: border walls, isolationism, oppression, evil, oligarchy, authoritarian nationalism, total control. These are heavy themes but the story is fashioned beautifully for a YA ...more
Jenny Yergin
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read for me because once I started it, I couldn't put it down! With the political themes it hit very close to home. I think it will be successful, I worry though since it isn't set very far into the future if it will be outdated in 5/10 years. I believe teens and adults that enjoy dystopian story lines will enjoy this book and those that see the comparisons with the current political climate in our country right now. I highly recommend the book. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I couldn't stop turning pages because I loved how a bit more of The Seclusion's interesting world was revealed each chapter. Some of the plot elements were extremely relevant to the modern era and made a big impact. Much of the details were scarily plausible and I couldn't help but imagine my own child living in this world. It was a really fun book to read, and I hope there is a sequel. ...more
Emma Reads
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I really enjoyed this book, I just felt that the ending was rather abrupt. I think there could have been at least another 100 pages. But other than that, it was a great fast paced story that was really interesting to read.
Tonja Drecker
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book for fans of books like Divergent or The Giver as it goes deep into the life of one young woman as she slowly awakens to a greater world around her.

Patricia is satisfied with life. She's got a better job than most with more freedoms than many and has a caring family. The Board, the ruling group, won't tolerate anything beyond their rules, but she's okay with that. Until her and her best friend, Rexx, make a discovery which turns everything they've been taught on its head. Suddenly,
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first found Jacqui Castle on Inkshares, I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book. I knew I had to have it right away, backed it, and then I was lucky to get an early copy from NetGalley.

Patricia Collins lives in a world surrounded by walls. In this future, where America is run by a Board of Directors, she has lived her entire life knowing she is safe. The country has been protected ever since The Seclusion, when society retreated behind huge barriers at each of our borders.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
America unified and secure - what price would you be willing to pay?

The Seclusion provides a great vehicle for exploring this question and leaves the reader hoping that this all too possible tale remains a work of fiction. The nation's citizens are cared for, protected, and entertained - all of this in exchange for their unerring obedience and disclosure - So what should a smart, obedient scientist do when she discovers something they don't want anyone to know?

I loved Patch's journey from duti
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is eerily prophetic. First they built the southern wall. They built the northern wall. Then America gave up every freedom for it's own "safety". Although sometimes heavy handed, with a bit of uninspired dialogue, this book was a horror story of the worst kind. Surely the beginning of a series, I am afraid of where it (and we) might end up in this narrative. ...more
Elli (Kindig Blog)
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Patricia lives to work for the Board, a totalitarian government that rules a futuristic version of America surrounded by a giant wall. When she and her friend Rexx make a discovery from the past however, she starts to question everything she has ever believed…

The Seclusion for me is very reminiscent of 1984 or Equilibrium - not that that is particularly a bad thing as I enjoyed both of those stories, it just makes it a little predictable in places. An indoctrinated protagonist who find something
Bob Lyle
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this ARC from the Author (After I did some pestering)

Brief Synopsis

The year is 2090, and the walls are closing in.
While on a routine assignment scouting the viability of dwindling natural resources outside the massive urban centres most American citizens call home, Patricia ’Patch’ and her co-worker Rexx discover a relic from the past containing dangerous contraband—unedited books from before The Seclusion. These texts will spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that sees Patch’s
Liz Kerin
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're anything like me, you were fascinated by books like "The Giver" growing up, and later on, grounded dystopias like "1984." If that's you, then "The Seclusion" is VERY MUCH for you. Dystopia has blown up in recent years, but this is a more nuanced, intellectually detailed adventure than those stories about kids in spandex jumpsuits hunting each other for sport. Castle has constructed a remarkably chilling world and leaves no stone unturned. Every ritual, every law, and every transgressio ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
More like 4.5 stars! I really, really enjoyed this book. I’m astonished that this was Jacqui Castle’s debut novel. It’s smart, well-written, emotional, terrifying and compelling. I feel similar to the way I felt after reading Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Which was mostly horrified by the realization that this scenario could so easily happen in the near future.

This book is a thinly veiled extrapolation and meditation on what could happen if Trump gets his way and a wall is built betwee
Ralph J
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Suspenseful dystopian novel about American future where corporations have taken over and limited freedom for everyone's safety. The ending left me gasping for the sequel with a powerful woman taking on the powers that be. ...more
Sue R
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love author's first books and this one is amazing. Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Between 3.5 and 4 Stars.

Honestly, The Seclusion was an intense ride of a book. From the first few pages, I was hooked on the story, and the clearly delineated dystopian world that Patch finds herself in once the blinders come off. The creepy board members can’t be emphasized enough. The ability of the author to offer tension exactly when the story needs it is masterful. Clearly there’s a lot to love about this book.

While I was reading the ARC of the book, I did notice a few errors that I hope
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Publishing Date: September 2018

Publisher: Inkshares

ISBN: 9781947848511

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 3.3/5

Publisher’s Description: In the year 2090, America has walled itself off from the rest of the world. When her father is arrested by the totalitarian Board, a young woman sets out to escape the only country she’s ever known. While on a routine assignment scouting the country’s dwindling natural resources, Patricia “Patch” and her coworker and best friend Rexx discover a cache of dangerous contraband
D Gillis
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"In the year 2090, America has walled itself off from the rest of the world. When her father is arrested by the totalitarian Board, a young woman sets out to escape the only country she's ever known."
In the future America information is strictly rationed. Everything is filtered through the Board before the public has access to it. There is no history before the walls were built. Everyone is chipped within moments of birth and children from ages 5 to 18 live in dormitories. They are educated and
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Jacqui Castle is a novelist living and writing in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She is the 2020 Indie Author of the Year through the Indie Author Project(in collaboration with Library Journal and Biblioboard). Her debut novel, The Seclusion, is a Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award winner in Science Fiction and winner of the North Carolina Author Project. The sequel t ...more

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“I knew the fear was necessary. Fear protected, fear ensured survival. Fear was the evolutionary instinct embedded in each of us, the instinct that told us to freeze when we heard a rattlesnake, or halt when we came to a cliff’s edge. Yes, the Board used that fear, but it was worth the price. Security was our reward.” 0 likes
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