The Virtue of Sin

The Virtue of Sin

A novel about speaking out, standing up, and breaking free.Miriam lives in New Jerusalem, a haven in the desert far away from the sins and depravity of the outside world. Within the gates of New Jerusalem, and under the eye of its founder and leader, Daniel, Miriam knows she is safe. Cared for. Even if she’s forced, as a girl, to quiet her tongue when she has thoughts she...

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Title:The Virtue of Sin
Author:Shannon Schuren
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The Virtue of Sin Reviews

  • Christina Dalcher

    Oh, yeah. Give me a book about a cult and I will devour it in no time, which is pretty much the way I read Shuren's fabulous YA story about love, growing up, independent thinking, and breaking free of dogma. Reminds me of a wonderful quote from Richard Dawkins: "There is no such thing as a Christian child; only a child of Christian parents."

    This is an important story for so many reasons, but Dawkins sums it up best. Oh, the things we do to our children.

    Thank you to Shannon and Penguin Random Hou

    Oh, yeah. Give me a book about a cult and I will devour it in no time, which is pretty much the way I read Shuren's fabulous YA story about love, growing up, independent thinking, and breaking free of dogma. Reminds me of a wonderful quote from Richard Dawkins: "There is no such thing as a Christian child; only a child of Christian parents."

    This is an important story for so many reasons, but Dawkins sums it up best. Oh, the things we do to our children.

    Thank you to Shannon and Penguin Random House (Philomel Books) for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this beauty!

  • Ciera

    Within the gates of New Jerusalem, Miriam, 16, lives under the eye of the community’s founder, Daniel. Miriam knows that she is cared for, even though she is forced to quiet her tongue, and is never given the ability to think for herself. When God calls for a marriage ceremony called a Matrimony, Miriam is certain that the boy she loves, Caleb, will select her to be his wife. When the ceremony goes wrong and Miriam ends up with someone else, Miriam begins to question the authenticity of New Jeru

    Within the gates of New Jerusalem, Miriam, 16, lives under the eye of the community’s founder, Daniel. Miriam knows that she is cared for, even though she is forced to quiet her tongue, and is never given the ability to think for herself. When God calls for a marriage ceremony called a Matrimony, Miriam is certain that the boy she loves, Caleb, will select her to be his wife. When the ceremony goes wrong and Miriam ends up with someone else, Miriam begins to question the authenticity of New Jerusalem and Daniel’s motives.⁣

    For Handmaid’s Tale fans, you are guaranteed to enjoy THE VIRTUE OF SIN. I surprisingly enjoyed the religious aspects of the novel, despite not being a member of the Christian community. Schuren incorporates religious text into her novel to establish a cult-like atmosphere that is clearly present in New Jerusalem. If anything, through her characters, Schuren hints at the fact that religion is totally bogus and that humans should always feel the need to question everything around them. I was instantly hooked within the first few pages of THE VIRTUE OF SIN, but ultimately, at 419 pages, this one took me a while to get through. The story arc gets a little repetitive about halfway through the book but ends with a twisted resolution. Schuren’s novel comes out next Tuesday, and it’s one I definitely recommend adding to your TBR list!⁣

    Story concept: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5⁣

    Execution: 🌟🌟🌟/5⁣

    Thank you so much BookishHq and Penguin Teen for the advanced reader copy!

  • meg chia

    Three-word description : voice, religion, freedom

    My rating : 4.5 / 5 stars

    Ah this book! This one is a book I've picked up solely because of the intriguing synopsis that speaks out to me so much. I have been meaning to read a book that deals with similar topics like this, and I must say this book is amazing!

    The plot starts off with Miriam, who had these dreams of the man she'd marry. She grew up living under the dictation of Daniel, the supposedly guidance on their path to Righteousness. Miriam,

    Three-word description : voice, religion, freedom

    My rating : 4.5 / 5 stars

    Ah this book! This one is a book I've picked up solely because of the intriguing synopsis that speaks out to me so much. I have been meaning to read a book that deals with similar topics like this, and I must say this book is amazing!

    The plot starts off with Miriam, who had these dreams of the man she'd marry. She grew up living under the dictation of Daniel, the supposedly guidance on their path to Righteousness. Miriam, who has never visited the Outside (basically out of New Jerusalem) is brought up to believe that everything Daniel said was true, until she was married to another man, but not of her dreams. (Literally, she dreamt about Caleb.)

    This is told in dual-perspectives, Miriam and Caleb, the man of her dreams as they try to navigate and plough through the lines between what is ture and what is not. What if everything you've been told to believe is not true? Even if you know it is false, what does it take to stand up and speak out?

    This book is kind of like Divergent? But at the same time, it is so different from it. I'd say this is also a little dystopian-ish? It tackles so many different topics, freedom and speaking out. This is truly such an extraordinary book to read! I also learnt so much about the Bible and the religion itself, this is truly a pwerful and eye-opening read to anyone who is interested. And also, it has a great pacing too!

    Miriam and Caleb are such strong characters, they truly are fearless and have changed from a tiny, timid mouse to a full-grown lion. This is truly an empowering read in so many different ways and I would not have it another way.

    Overall, all of you nee this book in your life! This will definitely be on top of your favorites this year! I hope all of you can pick this up when it is released in all good bookstores!

    Thank you so much to Times Reads for sending me an ARC of this book for reviewing purposes, however all opinion is my own. Keep your eyes and cash out to snatch this book when it is released in June 2019!

  • Amanda

    4 stars to this young adult novel about love, cults, and finding a voice.

    It is the day of matrimony in New Jerusalem and Miriam is ready to be Caleb's husband. Despite boys and girls being separated since children, Miriam is sure that Caleb will select her to be his wife. However, when Aaron, an outsider who wasn't born in New Jerusalem, selects Miriam, she is certain there has been a mistake. According to the leader of New Jerusalem, Daniel, dreams are a message from God and signify who should

    4 stars to this young adult novel about love, cults, and finding a voice.

    It is the day of matrimony in New Jerusalem and Miriam is ready to be Caleb's husband. Despite boys and girls being separated since children, Miriam is sure that Caleb will select her to be his wife. However, when Aaron, an outsider who wasn't born in New Jerusalem, selects Miriam, she is certain there has been a mistake. According to the leader of New Jerusalem, Daniel, dreams are a message from God and signify who should marry who. Miriam has had dreams of Caleb and Caleb has had dreams of Miriam, yet Daniel is insistent that the matrimony went to plan.

    New Jerusalem is located in the desert in Nevada and for Miriam and the other teenagers, they know only of what happens inside the walls of their community. No one is allowed to venture out, unless they are banished which is the ultimate punishment. For the people living in New Jerusalem, Daniel promises salvation for when the end of days come in exchange for being faithful. Being faithful means listening to Daniel (who claims he is a prophet of God), constant praying, and women submitting to their husbands.

    The book is told between the alternating perspectives of Miriam and Caleb as they live with the after effects of not being married to each other. While trying to discover what went wrong, both begin to realize there are secrets in their community and Daniel might not be the prophet they think he is.

    It was very interesting to see how a cult would get established and how the people in the community would actually believe in someone like Daniel. The book had a good message about finding your voice, even when others try to silence it. It was young adult in that it followed two teenagers who are in young love and are forced apart, but the ideas in this book could resonate with adults as well.

    *I won a copy of this novel through BookishFirst in exchange for an honest opinion.*

  • Sarah

    This young adult novel, written in the voice of several of the characters, is a fascinating look at the life of the individuals living in "New Jerusalem." A walled off community in the desert, led by Daniel, the founder of New Jerusalem. Miriam has lived in New Jerusalem all her life, she has been taught of the sin and dangers in the world outside the walls of her walled in home. She is safe in New Jerusalem, as long as she knows her place, believes in Daniel and all he teaches, and does what sh

    This young adult novel, written in the voice of several of the characters, is a fascinating look at the life of the individuals living in "New Jerusalem." A walled off community in the desert, led by Daniel, the founder of New Jerusalem. Miriam has lived in New Jerusalem all her life, she has been taught of the sin and dangers in the world outside the walls of her walled in home. She is safe in New Jerusalem, as long as she knows her place, believes in Daniel and all he teaches, and does what she is told. She is told be be quiet, that singing is wrong outside of worship, that she cannot always know the secrets of what lays before her, but she must step into the next moment with faith. When we meet her, she is just about to be married. She believes she knows to whom, and she definitely knows who she loves, but things do not always work out as we plan. Can the unexpected change Miriam's life for the better?

    Shannon Schuren is a talented writer whose novel is easy to read and keeps the reader engrossed and connected to the story. Her characters are believable, well defined, and easy to either love or hate, depending on whom we are talking about, and where you may be in the story. I raced through the book, always wanting to know what happened on the next page.

    This tale of love, faith, betrayal, and standing up for what you believe, is worth every minute you spend on it and every penny you spend to get it!

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