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Updated cover edition found here.Zoe Mousa thinks immigrating to the U.S. is her key to happiness. After arriving, she works hard to repay an emotional debt owed to Sarah and Jamileh, two Muslim sisters who provided love and family after her Jewish parents were murdered in Iran. Despite Zoe’s best efforts, their reunion is sidetracked when she uncovers an emerging cyber waUpdated cover edition found here.Zoe Mousa thinks immigrating to the U.S. is her key to happiness. After arriving, she works hard to repay an emotional debt owed to Sarah and Jamileh, two Muslim sisters who provided love and family after her Jewish parents were murdered in Iran. Despite Zoe’s best efforts, their reunion is sidetracked when she uncovers an emerging cyber war.Amidst the rising tensions, a young Christian professor takes a bold interest in Zoe, but he adds too many layers to her already complex life. When love and culture collide, her worst flaws surface. That’s when she realizes she’s not a victim of prejudice. She’s a perpetrator.Immigration isn’t the solution to everything. Her unrealistic expectations melt away with time and maturity. “Why did I bother to come,” Zoe asks. In a world on fire, maybe America is nothing more than the last burning house on the block....

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ISBN : 9781535350310
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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Unassimilated Reviews

  • Randy Babbs
    2018-11-24 11:51

    As an actor, my eyes light up when the written word rolls off my tongue. I found myself reading and re-reading certain paragraphs, just to taste the beautiful prose. Not all writing is meant to be spoken . . . but this is. It's art. It's a movie waiting to happen. I call dibs on the role of Saul Newman.

  • Barakah Yentl
    2018-11-28 12:10

    A plot comparable to Joseph Heller’s, Catch 22; prose comparable to Michael Ondaatje’s, The English Patient; characters as memorable as Lewis Carroll’s, Alice in Wonderland. Few books are worth reading again, but Unassimilated is.

  • Butterfly Mentions
    2018-11-18 09:03

    Unassimilated, written by Michael Benzehabe, is an approach to connect Christian, Muslim and Jewish people all over the world. It is Benzehabe's first thriller and is about Zoe Mousa, a small, but brave woman, a Jewish orphan, adopted by a Muslim family. The story begins on May 7th, 2012. Zoe and four other women are taken hostage, one girl is dead, the blood streams soundlessly under her body, and the captor threatens another girl to hand over the codes. Zoe and the four women are strapped to chairs with a view to the Pacific Ocean, however Zoe's only concern is the senseless murder of the girl in front of her. Zoe lived in a small Iranian town, near the Caspian Sea, named Noshahr with her two sisters, Sarah and Jamileh Delkash, before one jihadist shot her foster father and others raped her sisters. After that and other secrets of her dark past, Zoe went to America - stranded between two worlds, she lives in dysphoria and only for her dream: to buy an American house where her two sisters and her can live in peace. However, it seems like Zoe can't escape her past and the brutality and death, she left behind in the Middle East. Besides that, Zoe will only get her visa if she can fulfill the task the government gave her. Currently Zoe lives in Claremont Village, a sleepy college town, yet nobody knows that she belongs to the internet crime specialists, FBI Coordinator Tom Hollister and Dora Flores, the Cyber Division Office Field Support, and that she can crack codes where nobody even guess that there is something hidden. The story is also about the all day struggles Zoe faces in America, for example, when she wants to buy a car even though she has no licence or the time she roasted a goat in her garden. These scenes show a lot of the author's subtle humour and how small cultural diversities can raise questions or issues if not handled well in beforehand. It is also remarkable and admirable how easy and well Benzehabe describes the relationship between the three sisters and how distance can change the view of the world and the concepts we have about our future. I think that Benzehabe get the point very well over that as humans we all change over time and the environment also adapts our feelings and thoughts about others and ourselves.Especially after the Dean of Claremont College, Dr Fritz Rolfe, begins to employ Frank Darlington, a former Homeland Security Officer who worked mostly the electronic monitoring and intranet platform, the novel starts to massively build pace and the plot is getting faster and more surprisingly than ever. Who is Mr Darknet?Why is the campus monitored?And what happens with Zoe?5-Stars!Kind regards,Butterfly

  • Reader Views
    2018-12-06 07:56

    Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (01/17)“Unassimilated” by Michael Benzehabe is an entertaining, action-packed story about Zoe Mousa, a quirky girl Jewish girl from Iran, adopted, and raised by a Muslim family after her parents are murdered. Zoe thinks immigrating to the U.S. is the fast-track ticket to a life of happiness and fulfillment, but her life is full of complexities and challenges that will soon cause her to wonder why she even bothers.Zoe works as a temporary employee on assignment for the FBI cracking code, when she discovers critical information about an impending worldwide cyber war. Zoe suddenly finds herself wanted by several organizations–the CIA, Homeland Security, and the Chinese mafia to name a few, and her problems have only just begun.“Unassimilated” is a fascinating book that captured my interest from the very first page. There are so many layers to the story. Delicious, intriguing layers with multiple twists and turns, insuring there is never a lull in the plot. There is a bit of everything in this book: espionage, murder, mystery, action, love, romance, and betrayal; all delivered with just the right tone and tempo that kept me reading well into the night for several nights in a row.Zoe is one of the most unique characters I have met in a long time. She doesn’t shake hands, she’s afraid of crossing the street, and she’s desperate to fit into the U.S. culture. I laughed and cried and felt embarrassed and even frustrated at times, watching her work her way through significant cultural differences, yearning for acceptance, fighting to support her family, looking for love, or whatever was driving her at any particular moment. She is as endearing as she is peculiar and I enjoyed not being able to predict what she would say or do next.I highly recommend “Unassimilated” by Michael Benzehabe. This captivating story flows with words crafted seemingly effortlessly, and will appeal to readers across the genres. I look forward to checking out more work from this author.

  • Literary Sparks
    2018-12-06 08:56

    A young Jewish orphan, raised in a Muslim household, was enough to make me buy this novel. Although, building bridges over a chasm of Middle-Eastern bias is not the narrative thread. No. This is a simple story about self-growth, filled with heartwarming relationships between Zoe Mousa (protagonist) and her adopted Muslim family. In fact, the most enjoyable part of my read was watching fresh ideas develop, organically, as each character problem solved. Unassimilated never goes to the well of commonplace solutions. Each conversation is a surprise, rich with innovative thinking. A rare mix of tears, discovery, and humor. Every chapter contains at least one quotable line. My favorite read in the last five years. This is one of those books that stays with you.

  • Yazim Hakim
    2018-12-13 09:51

    just finished. im stunned. i dont want to get up or talk to anyone. i cried from happiness. i cried from sadness. i stayed up late because i couldnt put it down. this is what a book should be. i want the words to be pretty and the story to transport me. i want characters who move me. checks every box.

  • Martha Berg
    2018-12-08 07:46

    Stunning. I've never read a book like this. I've never cried while reading a book. This one totally sucked me in, and it was over way too soon. Can't wait until author's (Michael Benzehabe) next book. Big recommend.

  • Mike DaVoice
    2018-11-17 11:03

    Definitely makes my top-five novels. I'm not the type of person to read with a yellow highlighter, but I certainly marked up my copy! I found this to be a warm bath of inspiring quotes and delicious moods. What an unexpected find.

  • Garrett Zecker
    2018-12-11 10:09

    When Zoe Mousa emigrates to the United States to begin a new life as an American citizen, her past follows her down a rabbit hole that opens up intense intercontinental danger and intrigue surrounding an impending cyber war. She has many obligations to some old friends who saved her life, however, and she must balance her dedication to her country, her past, her love, and her blood to reevaluate how "Judaism centered her, but Islam shielded her." Zehabe's novel Unassimilated is a surprisingly well crafted combination of spy thriller, romance, and drama that moves forward at a steady and engaging clip. The tone, structure, and speed that matches any true thriller scene-by-scene is impressive and fun to read. It was an enjoyable book that ultimately allows itself for enjoyment by any audience, and thematically has a lot to say about our current world in terms of inter-faith/inter-culture resentments, surveillance, relationships, and much more – but as international thrillers aren't always my favorite type of book, it was the great characterization, interpersonal relationships, and topical content that really convinced me to pick this book up. My only complaints about the book really are some factual errors and a cover design that is strikingly alluring but somewhat unrelated to the contents of the book. An enjoyable read that zips by at a surprising clip!

  • S.L. Hoyte
    2018-11-20 08:53

    “Unassimilated” is a fascinating book that captured my interest from the very first page. There are so many layers to the story. Delicious, intriguing layers with multiple twists and turns, insuring there is never a lull in the plot. There is a bit of everything in this book: espionage, murder, mystery, action, love, romance, and betrayal; all delivered with just the right tone and tempo that kept me reading well into the night for several nights in a row.See my complete review on the Reader Views Goodreads page.

  • Zoe Greenfeld
    2018-11-18 10:00

    Ladies! You've got to read chapter 37. There were a lot of great chapters before that, but chapter 37 pounded my heart flat. One of those rare reads where you cry, laugh, learn, and expand your horizons. I've already started re-reading it.

  • Michael Zehabe
    2018-11-22 11:48