Book review

Set in the dystopian world, read ECCLESIA’S TABLE by Mason S. Haynie

Book Name: Ecclesia’s Table
Author: Mason S. Haynie
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Page Count: 368

Synopsis on Goodreads:

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The world is a wasteland. It always has been. Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu have never known anything other than the desert wasteland that raised them. When the rumor arises that something other than barren landscape could be out there, the three of them make haste for an abundant future. Upon arrival at this established society, the group quickly learns how and how not to get along amidst group dynamics and seemingly sinister mystery. The trials and social politics that Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu face teach them that some rules are useful and some are meant to be broken. Have a seat at Ecclesia’s Table

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My view:

The debut book by Mason S. Haynie is set in a dystopian world with diverse characters and a very unusual (in a positive way) storyline. When I started this book, I had little idea what it is going to be like? But guess what? After 3 chapters I was hooked to it.

The story follows the friendship of three friends, Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu. The bond is anything but an inspiration for a great friendship. But as we say life is never a bed of roses for anyone, the hardships they have endured all through their life while traversing through the jungles, desert, and sometimes through water have been the most difficult phase of their lives. Now they yearn only for a place where they can call it home. So, they have set out in the search of a land where they will be free from all the conditions and can lead a happy, free, and prosperous life. And then they stumble through Ecclesia which seems heavenly from outside but after all, things are always not the same as what they seem like.

When it comes to Ecclesia, it means you have to earn your place to reside here among tough competitors, and under intense scrutiny, it’s like one misstep and you’re out. After a great struggle, Moshe, Reenu, and Amaru have reached here, are they really up for the challenge? And will their friendship remain intact or rather be tested along with other Ecclesia’s people who would do anything to earn their spot.

I enjoyed the storyline and the plot of Ecclesia’s Table. The concept was new for me and this is one such book, which I went into with any expectations and it did not disappoint me at all. This book has everything which a good dystopian should have. The characters – Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu’s friendship – were very dynamic and it was fun to read their part. In terms of character development, it was pretty well in the case of Moshe but Amaru seemed quite arrogant and illogical at times. It was fast-paced and even the language is well-written.

To be honest, for the first 3 chapters I was quite confused about the story, and I was like – what is exactly going on? But once chapter 4 starts, the way the story picks up is great and enthralling. The premise is well-built to create excitement but the narration could have better and also a little background story, in the beginning, would have been great. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading more from the author. Also, world-building was very fascinating to read!

If you are looking for a fast-paced dystopian book with absorbing characters, a unique storyline, Ecclesia’s social politics with a lot of intrigue and suspense, then pick this book asap and read it now. You will surely be going to enjoy Moshe, Amaru, and Reenu’s story!

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QOTD (Question of the day):

Tell me in the comments section below, you favorite dystopian book or set in the dystopian world??

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