Sinless is the debut novel from screenwriter Sarah Tarkoff (The CW's Arrow). Sarah's on-line bio states in part: "I love big sci-fi worlds, grounded relationship stories, and anything that combines the two. Fun personal facts: My cat is named Maya Angelou, and though she was once feral, I've slowly Stockholm Syndromed her into loving me. I'd never seen an avocado that hadn't been guacamole'd until I was 18. I'm about 55% confident we're living in the Matrix, but I'm open to exploring other worldviews."
Maryelizabeth's review: "Los Angeles screenwriter Tarkoff’s debut near-future SF novel is set in a world with a near-global acceptance of a single religious being, the Great Spirit, following the apparent manifestation of individual’s morality in their physical appearance. People’s interior values are reflected in their looks, ranging from the healthy clear skin and appealing faces of the “good,” to physical distortions among the Outcast so severe as to result in fatalities. Preacher’s daughter Grace Luther is a believer, but she begins to question the reliability and apparent capriciousness of the judgments. An interesting examination of the values society sets on beautiful people."
With shades of Scott Westerfeld's Uglies and Ally Condie's Matched, this cinematic dystopian novel--the first in the thrilling Eye of the Beholder series--is set in a near future society in which "right" and "wrong" are manifested by beauty and ugliness.
In Grace Luther's world, morality is physically enforced. Those who are "good" are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences--disfigurement or even death. The daughter of a cleric, Grace has always had faith in the higher power that governs her world. But when she stumbles onto information that leaves her questioning whether there are more complicated--and dangerous--forces manipulating the people around her, she finds herself at the center of an epic battle, where good and evil are not easily distinguished. Despite all her efforts to live a normal teenage life, Grace is faced with a series of decisions that will risk the lives of everyone she loves--and, ultimately, her own.
With each page in this electrifying debut novel, Sarah Tarkoff masterfully plunges us into a nightmarish vision of the future. Full of high drama and pulsating tension, Sinless explores the essential questions teenagers wrestle with every day--What is beauty? What is faith? Do we take our surroundings at face value and accept all that we have been taught, or do we question the mores of the society into which we are born?--and places them in the context of a dark, dystopian world where appearances are most definitely deceiving.