First Impression Friday: The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle


I’ve never done one of these before but seeing as I just started a new book and have a few thoughts about it happening in my brain already I thought it’d be fun to tell you guys about it. I first saw this meme on Beware of the Reader’s blog a fair while ago but it was created by J W Martin @ Story of Stories. Make sure you go check out both of their blogs because they put out so much amazing content.

The rules are as follows:

  • Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
  • Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
  • Link back to Storeys of Stories so I can enjoy reading all the First Impression Fridays out there!


I just started The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle, a dystopian fiction novel that takes place in a secluded America in the 2090s. Walls have been built around the nation and the government, known simply as “the Board” have implemented a strict regime of security, ideology, and patriotism. You either bend to the whims of the Board and be a model citizen: unquestioning, passive, and grateful, or you are a traitor: convicted of treason and punished by the Board.

I received this novel as a free eARC from NetGalley and Inkshares in return for an honest review, which will come shortly after I finish the book. For now, I am 100 pages in and enjoying it more than I thought I would.

I haven’t read a science fiction novel following this vein of dystopian society in a fair while. The book community went through a huge phase of it sixish years ago with the likes of Divergent by Veronica Roth, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and The Giver by Lois Lowry. Not only is The Seclusion a nice trip down memory lane into all the books I loved in middle school, but it’s actually really well done so far.

The beginning was a fairly slow as Castle built the world and developed our main characters. It gives you a lot to think about in the first few chapters without being overwhelming and forcing exposition down your throat. I’m becoming attached to the characters and I’m interested in the mysteries that have yet to unfold.

Hopefully the book continues to impress me and it receives a high rating from me in the future. I can’t wait to share with you guys my final thoughts so if you’re curious to see what I ended up thinking make sure to keep an eye out for my final review!

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5 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle

  1. I do miss the dystopian trend that we went through a few years ago, so I’m glad that you are enjoying this one! The premise sounds very familiar to books we’ve seen, but as long as it’s done well, I think it’s worth the praise. I await your final thoughts in a review! 😀

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    1. I finished it a couple days ago and gave it three stars which is good. It didn’t blow my mind but I do think it did a pretty good job bringing something at least a little bit different to the table. Hopefully my review will be up in the next week or so 🙂


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