The Family by Marissa Kennerson

The Family

byMarissa Kennerson

Kobo ebook | October 8, 2014

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Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…

All one hundred eighty-three of them.

Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world.

Adam—their Father, prophet, and savior—announces that Twig will be his new bride, and she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. And then she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs.

But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice.

Praise for The Family:
“Fascinating and chilling, THE FAMILY takes you past the armed guards of a secluded compound where individualism is punished, technology is forbidden, and a charismatic leader plays God through terror and control. The novel’s relentless plot and vividly drawn characters will suck you in, but be warned: once you’re in the Family, it’s almost impossible to escape.” *Anna Schumacher,** author of* End Times

“Eerie and suspenseful, Kennerson gives us a fascinating look into the psychology of cults and the meaning of Family.” —***Bianca Turetsky**, author of* The Time-Traveling Fashionista

Title:The FamilyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Full Fathom Five DigitalLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163370002X

ISBN - 13:9781633700024


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I knew this book had struck a chord with me when I found myself yelling "Nooooooooooo" while reading one particular scene. I won't spoil it for you but you'll know it when you read it! Why I thought The Family was a great read: 1. The author beautifully captured the Costa Rican setting. Back in my other life as a scientist, I spent a summer studying poison dart frogs in a Costa Rican rainforest and I was transported back to that vibrant yet uncomfortably humid place while reading The Family. 2. The author did a great job creating a sense of eeriness without going too far. It's a delicate line because you don't want your descriptions to be too overt because you'll end up clubbing the reader over the head with your words. But if you're too subtle, the reading will miss it entirely. You want the eeriness to be brimming just under the surface so there's a good tension to the story. The author walked that line perfectly. 3. Cults are by their very nature, intriguing! Twig's internal battle over what she's always thought to be true and what she actually sees to be true was handled really well. You can feel the whiplash of her feelings as she struggles to come to terms with the new information presented to her. 4. I really enjoyed the evolution of Twig's relationship with her mother and thought the mother's depression was handled really well. 5. I also loved following Twig's evolution as an artist as the book progressed. I could really see her begin to blossom through her art. 6. Ah, the romance. Twig's relationship with Leo was really gentle and sweet. It was just what someone coming from such a sheltered upbringing would need.
Date published: 2015-09-02