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 wants to share, Miriam knows that New Jerusalem is a far better life than any alternative. So when God calls for a Matrimony, she’s thrilled; she knows that Caleb, the boy she loves, will choose her to be his wife and they can finally start their life together.

But when the ceremony goes wrong and Miriam winds up with someone else, she can no longer keep quiet. For the first time, Miriam begins to question not only the rules that Daniel has set in place, but also what it is she believes in, and where she truly belongs.

Alongside unexpected allies, Miriam fights to learn–and challenge–the truth behind the only way of life she’s ever known, even if it means straying from the path of Righteousness.

Title:The Virtue of Sin
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    The Virtue of Sin Reviews

  • 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 s...

  • 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...

  • meg chia

    Three-word description : voice, religion, freedomMy rating : 4.5 / 5 starsAh 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 hav...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Maison

    I was very pleased to be able read an ARC of this book! The synopsis caught my attention right away. This novel is based in the heart of a religious community (a cult). First off, The way the characte...

  • Michelle

    I was so excited about this book. I loved the First Impression and needed to know what happens to the characters. Miriam has been raised in New Jerusalem, a community started by the prophet Daniel and...

  • Danielle Hammelef

    I loved this book from the very start and really can't find anything I didn't like. Here's what made this a highly rated book for me:1) The writing--the metaphors alone are genius and signs of a talen...

  • Energy

    I thought at first from the blurb that this would be Dystopian, but it's about a cult, the lengths a person in power will go to keep their followers in line and the sheer delusion of those trapped on ...

  • Kayla

    *Disclaimer* I received an early copy from Bookish First and PhilomelBooks in exchange for an honest reviewI want to start off by saying I absolutely adored this book it was incredible and had a profo...