Phil Tarsus is an inquisitor- his job is to to get confessions from alleged criminals no matter the cost. He is used to inflicting pain and causing terror, and loves the power that comes along with his position. But while working on his latest case, something is different. Stephen, a self-confessed (albeit under duress of torture) gay, sparks a nagging question in Phil that refuses to go away. Sentenced to death by stoning, Stephen’s final words haunt Phil. Strange words about redemption and God and heaven. But Phil doesn’t believe these lies. He knows that God is just a lie made up by the neocons to enslave the masses. Isn’t it?
The odd feeling lingers as Phil is sent to Polk Federal Penitentiary to interrogate a prisoner, a zealot who believes he’s had a vision from God. But when the prison is burned down just as the zealot predicted, Phil begins to fear for his life. Someone is trying to kill him, but why? Is it possible that the government is harbouring a dark secret? Could there really be more to life than existing for the state? And can Phil really believe in a God in such an evil world?
A Perfect America delves into some of life’s deepest topics, from the fatal flaws inherent in a Socialistic government, to the consequences of removing God and religion from society, to the necessity of redemption to God and the love it brings to our hearts for one another. This book brings together different aspects from some of my favorite dystopian writers- from the political focus of Rand, and social classes and structure of Huxley, to the emotional and moral focus of Orwell- though this is the first dystopian novel I have read that was written from a religious perspective.
One of the many things I found so interesting about this book is actually at the very end- a timeline of the laws and social changes in America that lead up to this frighteningly possible future. A perfect America provides the reader with both a warning, as well as a hope- that as long as there is one person left who is willing to put their faith in God and obey his will, there is always a hope for our nation, no matter how bleak things may become.
Thought-provoking and fast paced, A Perfect America is a fantastic book that I absolutely recommend.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 stars