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The coming of the Great Stone destroyed almost everything that used to be. But high in one remote valley, the Church of Selene has found its way back from ruin. Sister Luka and her female converts offer sacrifices to the scarred (and very close) moon that hangs over their convent. It has been this way since the Stone hit.Among the Little Sisters of Selene is twelve year-olThe coming of the Great Stone destroyed almost everything that used to be. But high in one remote valley, the Church of Selene has found its way back from ruin. Sister Luka and her female converts offer sacrifices to the scarred (and very close) moon that hangs over their convent. It has been this way since the Stone hit.Among the Little Sisters of Selene is twelve year-old Aurora, respected Scribe of the church. She endlessly writes down the name of the moon to keep her in the sky where she belongs. But Aurora has a secret book she keeps hidden in her Scribe’s chamber and into this diary she pours out her hopes and desires.Upsetting this fragile equilibrium is Willa, a young tomboy whose flamboyant arrival threatens the hard-won status quo of the sisters’ community. As Aurora and Willa inch toward friendship, insurrection grows. But when an unexpected marvel occurs in the sky, it is clear that Aurora’s work as the Scribe has failed. The moon is threatening to remake the world all over again. . . .This is The Secret Book of Sacred Things. This is Aurora’s story....

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ISBN : 9781843545798
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Number of Pages : 295 Pages
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The Secret Book of Sacred Things Reviews

  • Annie
    2019-04-20 15:09

    Rory is the worst.

  • Deborah
    2019-04-17 16:21

    Think Hunger Games, only without the technology, and with a protagonist who actually thinks and behaves like a real twelve year old, instead of wise beyond her years. Poor Rory, growing up without any true guidance, trying to figure out what to do in these endless double-binds she is presented with. She is selfish and silly and eternally lovable as she reminds us of how we were when we were young. And as the book comes to its climax, we see her learning from her devastating mistakes, see her grow through the pain and grief of personal and global apocalypse. Who is this book written for? I kept wondering this. The POV is from a twelve year old girl, but the book is way too mature for twelve year olds, in my opinion. My husband reads a ton of Sci Fi, but this is not really classic Sci Fi like he is used to reading, because the stuff he reads doesn't make one sob. And the book is not really written with much to offer a male reader, as the men are blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong in the universe. So I think it was written for me, and women like me, who appreciate a world in which gods and goddesses are meant to be questioned, where secrecy is a rare and sacred treat, and a true Heroine is not expected to be perfect.

  • Chicco Padovan
    2019-04-20 15:39

    Una fiaba distopica interessante. La trama è davvero semplice, quasi prevedibile. A rendere particolare il romanzo è la voce narrante. Aurora, una bambina di dodici anni, con le sue manie, piccole gelosie, invidie, primi pruriti sessuali; tutto reso con grande efficacia.

  • Philip Green
    2019-04-05 16:25

    Many of the reviewers hate Rory and too a degree I understand that. She is self-centered and selfish. She Makes mistakes. I loved her though. She makes mistkes, but she learns from them and tries to make things right. She is self-center and selfish and also self-sacrificing and willing to give up everything to protect the sisters. Her imperfection makes her real and makes her loveable. The story itself, besides Rory to me is a commentary on the strength of culture. How strongly beliefs can be held with no evidence, but also how quickly one strong voice can change those beliefs among the whole community. And in the face of death and starvation, how quickly a whole society can turn to madness.

  • Floozle
    2019-04-22 20:29

    So I wanted to rate it 3,5 stars because when you start rating books and whatnot on these scales you always start comparing them to other books and get in to trouble. But whatever. Are Krol's other books better? Yes, especially Callisto. Was this a bad book? No way, José. Though it will problably leave you silent for a bit trying to make up your mind about it. I once watched an awful movie that basically told the story of linear decay, and it was awful. Though one could view this work as.. well basically entropy, it doesn't really kick you in the soul with it. It's rather unemotional about it. Much like how Rory decides that the moon and the sun are just 'things' that are out there, the story is just a story, told the way it happened. You can cry about it, laugh about it, but that would be just as silly, or just as logical if you will, as crying or laughing at the sun. It is just there. Like Chad, probably the most awesome character in a world lacking awesome characters, the moon offers no judgement or opinion, it is just there, like the story is. I may be focussing too much on the end part here, but hey, we all take something different from novels and this is what I took from it. I mean, one could also focus on Rory's growth as a character, how she's not a very nice person, incredibly selfish and everything she describes as people being stupid or mean is just people trying to survive. How she actually 'becomes a woman' once she realizes that she is an arrogant person that believes the whole world revolves around her and discovers that this is not the case. We could focus on that whole maturity theme, which is nicely embedded in the novel, showing that Krol is a very good author (seriously dude, read Callisto), but let's keep it at this: it was good enough to make me want to write about here.

  • Baylee
    2019-03-22 20:29

    Uno di questi giorni è successo che girovagando su Internet mi sono imbattuta in questo libro post-apocalittico. Il titolo ha stuzzicato i miei neuroni, così mi sono letta la trama. Il passo successivo è stato: devo leggerlo. Una delle mie migliori decisioni di lettura mai prese.In generale, è stato un cazzotto continuo nello stomaco. Pensate che Hunger Games sia brutale? Robetta in confronto a Il libro segreto delle cose sacre, che più che mostrarci massacri, ci scuote nelle nostre fondamenta.La trama, così come lo stile, è estremamente semplice, in parte prevedibile, ma si tratta della semplicità che deriva dalla consapevolezza di non aver bisogno di orpelli per trasmettere il proprio messaggio.La protagonista, una dodicenne di nome Aurora - Rory, come la chiamano -, ci racconta gli eventi in prima persona ed è forse uno dei personaggi meno simpatici di cui abbia letto. Invidiosa, egoista, arrogante: il tipo di personaggio che, se ve lo trovaste davanti, non esitereste a prendere a schiaffi per tutto quello che dice. Eppure... eppure vi troverete vostro malgrado ad ammirarne la forza, perché, quando tutte cederanno, il suo orgoglio la porterà a puntare i piedi - anche dopo aver perso tutto.C'è davvero tanto in questo romanzo, tanti spunti di riflessione disseminati qua e là, pronti ad attecchire nella mente del lettore e a farlo riflettere. La simbologia di Sole-Luna e Terra-Mare darà modo all'autore di affrontare il tema del rapporto tra i sessi senza mai scadere nella banalità e colpendo duro. Un libro da leggere assolutamente se amate il genere distopico.

  • Guy Haley
    2019-04-11 23:16

    Human civilisation has been slammed back into the dark ages by a space rock in this science fiction yarn.The sisters worship the Moon, Selene, who was knocked from orbit by a rogue asteroid many years ago. Their young Scribe Aurora (Rory for short) writes Selene’s name over and over again to ensure she does not fall further from the sky. But this feminist idyll, where the nun-like Sisters rule over one of the last outposts of humanity, is set to undergo change.Told by Scribe Rory through the eponymous secret diary, Secret Book is an essay on selfishness, ignorance and the redemptive nature of human empathy. Rory is marvellously observed, a 12 year-old who takes adolescent egocentricity to the cusp of sociopathy. When Willa joins the sisterhood from the only other known human enclave it sets in train a series of events that are amplified through Rory’s churning feelings and relentless vanity.In Secret Book, nature outmatches both humanity’s will and institutions. In the face of the indifferent universe people can only do what they think right, wrong as that often may be. Rory is perspicacious despite her selfishness, discovering that it’s only the way we care for each other as we strive that really matters.Occasionally the epistolary nature of the story is artificial – Rory delivers a series of well-timed twists and revelations with uncharacteristic patience – otherwise the book is bold, old-fashioned SF of the very best sort.

  • Melissa McCauley
    2019-04-12 15:34

    This book went so many places I was not expecting (that’s a good thing, too many books are predictable). At first it was pretty funny, told from the limited point of view of a sheltered and spoiled 12-year-old Aurora. She was very believable in her self-important brattiness… not a very sympathetic character, but I kept reading because I thought she was going to get her comeuppance with the arrival of the new girl Willa. (How *dare* she be named Seer instead of me!). I agree with other reviewers that the church, the men, the male-female relationships are overly simplistic… but you have to remember who is telling this story and how limited her understanding of the world is. I actually like dramatic irony. Wow, the book takes a very grim turn and Aurora’s entire life is changed in ways I never could have imagined at the beginning. She changes and grows up a bit, but there is no miraculous transformation of her character - which would have been totally unbelievable – she’s a bit of a brat until the bitter end. Reminded me a teensy bit of the movie “Saved” ( I am filled with Christ’s love!! You’re just jealous!) and a bit of the self-righteous Tracy Flick from “Election” by Tom Perrotta (by the way, if you haven’t read this, run out RIGHT NOW and get a copy).

  • Psyche Ready
    2019-03-31 18:26

    This book was really weird. I don't think I liked how it ended... the message... or the main character. Yet the story was so inventive and compelling that I loved reading it. I suppose it's a post-apocalyptic story, yet it seems deeper than that. The story portrays a world which feels especially frightening to me- one in which the sun and moon and earth, which are the most important constants in my life, have been altered from their cycles, and life on Earth changes with the meteorological changes. The main character is relatable, and she's not good. She's selfish, arrogant. But strong. I found myself relating to her very much, in new ways for me, but I was never happy with the choices she made, so I finished the book feeling sort of sick about it, and sick about myself.I see the strength of this novel is its addressing religion, belief and superstition. It was both troubling and illuminating. I was not left with a sense of clarity on these ideas, but instead feel more full of questions, and I suppose that's a good thing. But a large part of me wanted a happier ending!

  • Intortetor
    2019-03-30 19:35

    la strada per l'inferno è lastricata di buone intenzioni, dicono: qui di buone intenzioni ne abbiamo tante (un futuro apocalittico, la nascita di una società matriarcale retta da una religione lunare, un diario scritto da una protagonista tanto carica di difetti eppure capace di gesti di coraggio, alcuni personaggi davvero interessanti, una catastrofe naturale che accelera il corso degli eventi portando all'inevitabile tragedia) eppure alla fine sembra di non essere arrivati ad una meta, tanto che il finale più che irrisolto...non sembra un finale! insomma, vorresti quei due o tre capitoli successivi a dirti come va davvero a finire, tanto che ad esser cattivi verrebbe voglia di dire che forse il buon krol arrivato ad un certo punto non abbia più saputo che inventarsi...

  • Jeannine
    2019-04-02 21:17

    Giving this one star for the premise - it was different than most of the apocalyptica I read. I despised the main character - yes I realize she was a child, but one would think that having been raised by a group of intelligent, caring women, she would have been a better person. Bought this in paperback, and paid way more than I would have usually, mainly because the write up on the back of the book seemed intriguing. I was bitterly disappointed. What a waste of time - so glad I am a very quick reader and was able to move on to something better. This one will definitely go in the good will bag.

  • Kirsten
    2019-04-10 18:18

    I... didn't like this. I expected to when I started; I thought Rory's precocious voice was kind of great. But the whole thing is so claustrophobic, and so limited, and so... well... pointless. Everyone turns out to be stupid and selfish, and the people who aren't stupid and selfish at the beginning don't have the strength not to be by the end. Other readers seem to have really liked this book, so it's possible it just came to me at the wrong time.I will say that it gave me horrible nightmares after I finished reading it, which probably means it was more powerful than I first thought.

  • Megan
    2019-03-27 15:39

    One of those books that is set in a very particular time in a very particular place and does it well - in this case, a post-apocalyptic future in a nunnery where the religion is to worship the moon. The heroine is rather unlikeable, but I can't see the book being as effective any other way. Absorbing and memorable.

  • Lindig
    2019-04-12 17:17

    A dystopian novel that's so circumscribed and narrow that it failed to hold my interest. And the protagonist was sunk so deep in her beliefs that she was irritating and appalling. The fact that the whole book is told at her adolescent level (about 12 years old) becomes grating after a very short while. Not to my taste.

  • Pino Sabatelli
    2019-03-27 18:23

    Il libro di cui sto per parlare, a chiusura dell’anticlimax, fa parte di quelle opere che, dopo averle finite, pongono al lettore alcune angosciose domande.Perché qualcuno ha voluto scrivere un libro così?Perché qualcun altro l’ha pubblicato?Perché l’ho comprato?E, soprattutto: perché l‘ho letto?La recensione completa su

  • Rachel K
    2019-04-16 20:09

    If this book sticks in my head like The Dolphin People did, I may come back and upgrade it to 5 stars. As usual, Krol has delivered something unique and challenging, startling and thought provoking. While all three of his books have some similarity in pacing and structure, each story and each world is new and different from the book before it. Highly recommend it.

  • Anne (w/ an E)
    2019-04-14 17:34

    It's not very often[I think I remember TWICE] that I find a book where the main character/narrator is not a nice person. There were some unexpected moments in this book. Although the ending was not much of a surprise to me I did like this book. I'll have to find another book by Torsten Krol and see if this was a "one-hit-wonder"!

  • Meryle
    2019-04-10 15:34

    Although this started slowly, I am so glad to have stuck with it. Beautifully written. An interesting post-apocalyptic world "run" by women (up to a point). A seemingly unlikeable main character, Aurora, who becomes ultimately heroic. And a heartbreaking denouement. A wonderful, unforgettable read.

  • Becca
    2019-03-31 22:12

    I honestly don't know what to make of this book. I can't even really tell if I liked it.It was certainly a slow read, and I was annoyed many times throughout, but I kept reading, so that has to mean it kept my interest ... right?

  • Buck Swindle
    2019-03-29 23:13

    Good book. Not quite up to the brilliance of his (her?) previous works but I still enjoyed it. Borderline social satire rears it's head and this time it points its finger at blind faith and religion.

  • Jsrott
    2019-03-23 15:18

    Depresing in the way "serious" literature always seems to have to be, but a good read nonetheless.

  • Peter Andrews
    2019-04-11 23:10

    I am very mixed about this book. The narrator was annoying, conceited and nor likable -- BUT believable. O

  • Terri Kempton
    2019-03-27 21:09

    A richly designed (and screwed up) world, written in an annoying, repetitive voice - and super depressing.