The Indie Author Project partners with curators and libraries across the U.S. and Canada to find the best indie-published books each year. The 2020 Indie Author of the Year, Jacqui Castle, won the top prize with her dystopian science fiction masterpiece, The Seclusion. Influenced by The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984, Castle gives readers a chilling look at a totalitarian America in the year 2090.
The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle
While on a routine assignment scouting the country’s dwindling natural resources, Patricia “Patch” and her best friend, Rexx, discover a cache of dangerous contraband– printed books from before the Seclusion. These texts spark an unquenchable thirst for the truth that leads to the arrest of Patch’s father by the totalitarian Board, which runs the entire country.
Evading their own arrest, Patch and Rexx set out across a ruined future United States. Along the way they learn how their country came to be this way, but their newfound knowledge may lead to their own demise.
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