Tuesday, August 10, 2010
When I pick up a book in this genre, I expect bad things to happen. This, however, was the happiest, most cheerful "dystopian" book I've ever read. Even the villains were cordial (for the most part).
That's doesn't mean it's bad. It's quite good, actually. It just took me completely by surprise with its upbeat tone and story. It's set in the future, after a partial economic collapse of North America as we know it. Sure, things are less than ideal. But people are coping. It almost seemed to me to be like a second Great Depression than "the end of the world as we know it."
Against that background, we have the story of Molly - a 16 year old Canadian charged with travelling to Oregon to pick up her grandparents and bring them back. Molly has a bunch of challenges and obstacles in her path, but thankfully, she's blessed with healthy portions of resourcefulness and luck.
I definitely think there's room for more positive stories in the dystopian cannon, so even though it was not as dark as I prefer my books in the genre to be, it gets a rating of 3 Zombie Chickens: Well-worth reading - especially for newbies and those who tend to shy away from the genre. This one has a HEA, y'all!
Come back later today when I have a interview with the author!
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