I’m going to jump right into this one. Week 3 covers January 15 – 21. As always, feedback is encouraged.
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins – I borrowed this as an e-book from the Boston Public Library. This is dystopian fiction. It imagines a world that has dried up. The title refers to the things that previously caused people to move to Southern California. Now the people are trying to leave or exist on what was left behind. The “Mohavs” are prevented from entering the better parts of the country and the main characters have no way to legally enter the government controlled areas. The story is about their relationship and their struggle to exist and find a better life for themselves and the child that ends up in their care. I thought it was good. I’m giving it 4 stars.
The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. This is a Christmas story and I have managed to read it late. The author is a master of storytelling. This is the story of a man who has squandered away his family without realizing that he would think it was important later. Then he meets a little girl that has an enormous impact on him. But the little girl is dying. What he does as a result will stay with the reader (at least this one) for a long time. It was too short, however, and I am only giving it 3 stars mainly for that reason.
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – I borrowed this as an e-book from the BPL. Someone was complaining about this being an epistolary novel on Litsy, so I immediately had to read it. I love epistolary novels. I even love the word epistolary. The characters live on a fictional island where the originator of “a quick brown dog jumps over the lazy fox” came from. The sentence is famous for containing all the letters of the alphabet. When the letters start falling off the town’s monument, the town council decides that means they are meant to stop using those letters and anyone that does is subject to punishment. It’s a satire on the power of government and also the way that superstition can cause people to behave in irrational ways. I thought it was really clever. I’m giving it 4 stars.
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon – I acquired this as an actual book via PageHabit. They were offering a free mystery book. It is a mystery, but it is also a dystopia. In this, the death of the printed word has finally come about. People are so attached to their digital devices, they are actually getting them implanted. When Anana (French for pineapple btw) realizes that her father is missing in the midst of all of this, she must find him and eventually comes to realize that the devices that everyone is completely reliant on are actually killing them. Literally. I thought this was an interesting concept and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It made me not want to be quite so reliant on my digital devices. Just kidding. I’m actually more likely to be the person that doesn’t carry a phone or a tablet everywhere. I enjoy watching people and interacting with them. I’m sure that I have mentioned this before. Anyway, I do definitely recommend this book. I am giving it 4 stars.
And that is it I’m afraid. Let me know what you think or if you have any suggestions for me. Clearly I enjoy dystopian fiction, but I’ll read just about anything in all honesty.