by David Stahler Jr.
Everyone in Jacob's colony is born blind due to genetic modification. They embrace the philosophy of Truesight: that blindness brings unity, purity, and freedom. Seeing is a distraction that causes pain and suffering.
As with other novels set in utopian societies, notably Lois Lowry's The Giver,trouble arises when one or more individuals start questioning the status quo. Jacob's situation is complicated when he suddenly begins to see.
The story is suitably ominous, with sinister hints and an eerie plot twist that will compel readers to seek out the rest of the series.