This was a fun read!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hidden Contempt. I had a hard time putting it down because there is mystery laced through out the novel that keeps you wanting to read more and find out “what happens next?” the entire time. I loved that it was set in the not so distant future and how the author creatively created a slightly futuristic world. I think she did an excellent job in that, in making it futuristic yet still believable and hence easier to relate to. The character development is fantastic as you feel like you know and are rooting for these people by the end of the book. I also love that the book makes you think and I loved the underlying themes that make you sit back and reflect on certain aspects of life and society (no spoilers, just read it!) Looking forward to the next book in the series!
Celeste Shirecliffe’s Hidden Contempt is a futuristic dystopian novel that explores government control and deceit, platonic and romantic relationships, and how they influence each other. A young woman, Chelsea, is chosen to be one of The Hawaiian Society’s inaugural inhabitants. As her new life in paradise begins, Chelsea quickly realizes something is afoot in The Societies and is determined to peel back the veil. Along the way she develops meaningful friendships and a notable romance that forces her to confront her insecurities.
Shirecliffe is a master story-teller and consistently gives fascinating insights into authentic relationships, corruption, and science. Hidden Contempt highlights genuine emotions and situations that allow the reader to connect and empathize with the characters–the mark of great fiction. As an early-20s guy reading a dystopian love story, I could not turn the pages quickly enough. The novel tackles challenging subjects; thus, reader discretion is advised.
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