At first I was a little wary of this book seeing as the synopsis mentioned a charasmatic preacher. Being a Christian myself I stay away from religion bashing books. Meridian didn't sound like one so I was willing to give it a try and I'm glad I did! The plot was a lot more intricate than I expected and it was great learning along with Meridian instead of having everything dumped on you at once. The characters were easily connectable (I want an Auntie of my own!)and you really felt what they felt. The preacher made my skin crawl and it was disturbing to read his distortion of the Scriptures but it also made the book more interesting and the threat more realistic. I would recommened this book to anyone!