I read this one for my "book recommended by a favorite author". This book was recommended by Margaret Atwood, so I thought I would give it a try. This is the story of Lauren, a minister's daughter growing up in a possible future of ours. Her world is effected by global warming and the blight of greed. Her family lives in a neighborhood community behind a wall that they have to guard to protect themselves from outsiders. These outsiders come in and pillage the food the community is growing and steal much needed resources.
Lauren's brother, Keith, decides that he will go into the outside world and make a way for himself. He doesn't think that the outside world is as bad as everyone says it is. Needless to say, that doesn't end well for Keith or his community. Lauren is the only one who appears to see what is truly happening in the world around her and to be preparing for what she knows will come.
The book has many interesting philosophical questions in it, particularly regarding the nature of God. I found it interesting and thought provoking but not enough so to continue on with the series. I gave it three stars.