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A dissatisfied wife, a dissatisfied husband, and a dissatisfied prosecutor are seeking justice. But what is justice? Is it dependant on a set of rules? And if so do you need a second set of rules to teach you how to interpret the first set of rules?
Justice: a Novella by Scott Hughes asks these questions without trying to answer any of them. He merely presents us with different viewpoints and then leaves it up to the reader to find your own answers.
First, you meet Brynn, the wife who feels that her behavior is justified because of how her husband treats her. Then we meet Marcus, the husband who also feels justified in his behavior towards his wife. Then we meet Joseph Bronson, the prosecutor who is constantly complaining about the justice system, especially the injustice of the system but he continues to work within the system without any plans to leave or change it.
Marcus arrives home from work to find an unknown vehicle in front of his house, as he enters the house, he discovers a strange man with his wife. The subsequent encounter with his wife lands him in jail, being prosecuted by Joseph Bronson.
It is easy in life to justify our behavior, we can easily rationalize our point of view. Sometimes without considering anyone else. This book highlights how two people each justify themselves and blames the other at the same time.
The book is written in the third person and focuses mainly on the character's thoughts. There are some profanity and adult themes so the book is definitely written with an adult audience in mind.
I liked most the way that the author does not try to guide the reader but allows each character to state their reason as to why their way of thinking is justified. There is not anything I disliked about the book. The random thoughts, the abruptness of some of the section endings, all ads to the success of the book in leaving each reader to think things out for themselves.
The book is well written and edited. It is written in a thought-provoking manner that asks more questions than it gives answers. I would recommend it to readers who like to think through topics rather than just read other people’s opinions.
I gladly rate the book 4 out of 4. I liked how the book did not intend to give answers but was written with the intent to ask questions and leave readers to draw their conclusions.
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