The Family by Marissa Kennerson
Just like any average seventeen-year-old, Twig loves her family. She has a caring mother and a controlling father. Her brothers and sisters are committed to her family’s prosperity…
All one hundred eighty-three of them.
Twig lives in the Family, a collective society located in the rainforest of Costa Rica. Family members coexist with values of complete openness and honesty, and they share a fear of contagious infection in the outside world.
Adam—their Father, prophet, and savior—announces that Twig will be his new bride, and she is overjoyed and honored. But when an injury forces her to leave the Family compound, Twig finds that the world outside is not as toxic as she was made to believe. And then she meets Leo, an American boy with a killer smile, and begins to question everything about her life within the Family and the cult to which she belongs.
But when it comes to Family, you don’t get a choice.Praise for The Family:
“This book kept me biting my nails up until the very end. Definitely worth a read!” —Amanda Black, author of The Apartment series
"Eerie and suspenseful, Kennerson gives us a fascinating look into the psychology of cults and the meaning of Family." - Bianca Turetsky, author of the Time-Traveling Fashionista series
“I knew this book struck a chord with me when I found myself yelling, ‘Nooooooooooo’ while reading one particular scene… The author did a great job creating a sense of eeriness without going too far… You want the eeriness to be brimming just under the surface so there’s a good tension to the story. [Kennerson] walked that line perfectly.” — T. A. Maclagan, author of They Call Me Alexandra Gastone