Drawn in like I was for the Hunger Games, though this one has more of a sci-fi feel. I only wish that I had read this 25-30 years ago when I was 10 or 12…
Somewhat reminds me of the old Apple Commercial “The Crazy Ones,” about “those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.”
…and when their loved ones died, a believer would arise beside the grave to be the Speaker for The Dead, and say what the dead one would have said, but with full candor, hiding no faults and pretending no virtues. Those who came to such services sometimes found them painful and disturbing, but there were many who decided that their life was worthwhile enough, despite their errors, that when they died a Speaker should tell the truth for them.
Of course, this is a trilogy, and “Speaker for the Dead” is next..