In the Fullness of Time

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Vine Leaves Press
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author
Carolyn R. Russell was born in Massachusetts and moved back with her family to Boston's North Shore after many years of writing, teaching, and travel. A movie buff since childhood, she has taught college film aesthetics and film history in addition to other subjects. In the Fullness of Time, her third book, began life as a screenplay. Carolyn was surprised to learn it had other plans for itself. Please find more at

"In this YA dystopian thriller, a teenage girl fighting against a fascist government learns an astonishing truth that changes everything. After environmental disaster and ensuing wars, the future ... seems grim for most. Seventeen-year-old Somerset Whitman is more fortunate ... her family are clerics, and for generations they've lived in a huge 'Tempedral, ' where, Somerset says, 'It's our job to ... brainwash Seekers into requesting Reverie'--an event that no one returns from. Secretly, Somerset works with a resistance cell. ... With intelligence and energy ... Russell creates a believably paranoid atmosphere and shows how propaganda and advertising contribute to propping up fascist governments. However, the book never feels didactic, thanks to Somerset's naturalistic narration and well-rounded characterization. An intriguing and thoughtful adventure." Kirkus Reviews

"In the Fullness of Time is what the best YA dystopian novel strives to be; a prism through which present-day issues can be explored that leaves readers-young and old-satisfied, entertained, and yearning for more. Set in a future world destroyed by chemical alterations to the biosphere, seventeen-year-old Somerset Whitman struggles to make sense of a theocratic government that values its own comfort over the lives of its citizens. Yearning to reconcile what she sees and hears on the crowded streets to the official 'States' position, she enters the resistance. There, she learns truths that force her to question family and loyalties. Russell's simple prose allows Somerset to tell you her story through the unblinking eye of a youth emerging into adulthood." Connie Johnson Hambley, author of The Jessica Trilogy

"The ruined landscapes and corrupt inner sanctums in Carolyn R. Russell's In the Fullness of Time are depicted with a cinematic flair that pairs beautifully with her gift for suspenseful storytelling. A riveting adventure that rockets toward an ending I'm still thinking about. Highly recommended." Steve Blackwood, actor, director, screenwriter, and author of The Blackwood Sessions

"In the Fullness of Time's dystopian world evokes an evil worthy of its fiery protagonist's rebellion. In Somerset Whitman we have a heroine for the ages: irreverent, compassionate, and unstoppable. In the Fullness of Time is chock-full of indelible characters, and the fast pace of the action makes for a pageturningly addictive read." Elizabeth Lorayne, author of the Piratess Tilly series and The Historical Heroines Book: Pioneering Women in Science