ARC Review: The Sixth Domicile-Courtney Ruggles


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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 the 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.

review3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the publisher

+++Trigger warning: abuse 

READ THIS BOOK IF:

  • You’re looking for a fearless and feisty protagonist with a lot of heart
  • You like Sunset Rising, Matched and/or The Book of Ivy
  • You’re all about the swoon

PROS:

  • The Sixth Domicile is a coming of age story and though their actual ages aren’t mentioned, reads more like mature YA than New Adult. I liked that the characters were in transition, on the verge of adulthood and learning to explore their desires, it made their passion stronger.
  • Swoon central. Holy hotness. B and Q truly adore each other. While there’s not as much back story as I would have liked, their times together, laughing, relishing each other’s company, you can feel every little bit of their love and heat towards each other. B has some killer lines, heartfelt and soul-baring, he calls Q his sun, his spark. Be still my teeny tiny heart. 
  • The masks scene under the sky in the beginning. Breathless, beautiful, it was like they were stripping off everything and opening their hearts to each other, wholly and freely. That scene MADE the book for me, much more so than any frisky scenes.
  • Q is courageous and headstrong, she fights for what she believes in and fiercely follows her heart wherever it leads her. She trusts that love will be her guiding light and savior, that to have loved once is better than mindlessly serving the Domicile. Her jealousy is hilarious…mainly because it’s so believable and familiar, that creepy jealousy when you see someone you have a crush on or an ex with another girl who is gorgeous, and bubbly and makes him happy. I couldn’t help but cheer her on, though at times it was a tad excessive. 

CONS:

  • There’s a ton of sneaking and lying to have secret trysts and while you know that if they’re caught, it could mean death, it loses the danger as time progresses. They take more risks, are careless, and KNOW that people are spying on them and NOTHING. It was unbelievable how easily they get away with it. Not enough conflict. 
  • The world building was a bit atypical as far as popular dystopian goes.
  • If the Elders had been monitoring B and Q for years, why didn’t they do anything about it? Their notorious punishments and cruelty are mentioned throughout, they’re both feared and revered and when they sense rebellion on the horizon they do…nothing? It didn’t make sense. For people who live a legacy based on violent overthrow and control, the lax treatment is almost like encouragement. 

teaserunnamedauthcourtneyCourtney’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 writing 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.

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Keep reading, 

Jordan

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