I can feel the jolt right now, the physical pain that would startle me, even though I know it is coming. I would be one of the many who would be singled out, one of half the population who would have a limit on the amount of words that I could speak in one day. How could I adapt to live in a world where this is possible? I know for a fact, that I would struggle with this ruling and that I would fight against it.
I have facial expressions which I use a lot but I am a talker, the Quiet Game is a hard one for me. I like to converse and be friendly, but to be silenced because I am a female, this would be so frustrating day-in and day-out. As I read this novel, I found myself absorbed in the inequalities and in the prejudices of the situation at hand.
There are some who buy into this new world, for they want the simplicity and order and they don’t want to buck the system. There are some who are fighting their way to the top and some who are trying to get back some control. There are also a few who will stop at nothing to reach their ultimate goal. It was interesting meeting these individuals and their thought processes. Those who bought into the new system, I found interesting. They were content with their new limited daily vocabulary, a concept which was hard for me to handle. So many words unspoken each day, so many missed opportunities each day and I thought how lonely things must be for them now without words especially since they have the words trapped inside them and can’t express them freely.
Inside this new world, there are struggles and competitions. It is a world evolving. For where there is hatred, there is also love. For where there is corruption, there is also justice. For where there is despair, there is also hope. Not everyone knows what side of the fence their neighbor is on, but someday they will and someday, I feel they will need to see where they stand also.
This book really worked for me. I couldn’t put it down. I am thrilled that this is a series as I can’t wait to see what happens. A great read for me.