Waite, Judy. Forbidden.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position::Young Adult Review - Book Review

WAITE, Judy. Forbidden. Simon & Schuster, Atheneum. 256p. c2006. 0-689-87642-4. $16.95. JS

This novel, set in England, is a compelling look at the inside workings of a religious cult. The protagonist, Elinor, is 15 years old and has been raised within the True Cause compound. While she is one of the Chosen and obedient to Howard, their leader, she also has haunting flashbacks to another time, to a man she cannot name. As she tells her story in the simplistic rote patterns and imagery of the cult, she is drawn into an exploration of her own memories and toward a young man from the outside whom she meets quite unexpectedly while gathering flowers on the property owned by the True Cause. She knows that Jamie is "forbidden," an Outsider who does not understand the True Cause, and yet she is drawn to him and to the sensations she feels for him. Later she sees him on market day, when the cult is selling off the possessions of new members. While recruiting for the Cause, she longs to save Jamie and attempts to recruit him.

Through Elinor, we see the workings of the cult and how they maintain control over their members, leading to a gripping scene where Howard demonstrates his power to punish. Later, after Elinor leaves her duty station at...

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