book reviews by Althea

And to the Republic – Rachel Kolar ****

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And to the Republic
And to the Republic by Rachel Kolar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alternate-history, present day. What we think of as the USA is a Republic with shades of Ancient Rome. It’s also a harsh surveillance state, where conforming to society’s strictures is of paramount importance.

Lavinia is a civil servant with a sincere belief in the state, although she’s not above bending the rules a bit – especially when it comes to her family. Her younger sister Antonia is a rebellious, unrepentant atheist – and atheism is unacceptable to this society, where polytheism is enforced.

Lavinia wants Toni to make a show of things; at least pay lip service to the rules. But Toni has ideals.

This is an extremely well-crafted iteration of this moral/ethical dilemma. I believe that people on both sides of the argument will find themselves empathizing with both women.

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