17 April, 2016

California by Edan Lepucki

The world is no longer a disposable luxury for all to enjoy. Ever so slowly the neighborhoods around you have broken down, people are looting, electricity is being cut, mother nature is not as tepid as she has always been.

The future is not promised to anyone except for those rich enough, those combative enough or those that are resourceful and brave. Enter Cal and Frida, husband and wife team, some of the few who have struck out on their own to survive in the Californian wilderness.

In this dystopian novel, the chapters alternate through the eyes of these pioneers. Each with their slanted views, both needing one another and pushing one another away. Navigating the murky frontier of the unknown.

When they come across another family, living near-by, the story is propelled forward from primitive and nostalgic to navigating a futuristic possibility of containment with a hint of George Orwell’s 1984.

 Edan Lepucki’s disturbing version of a post-apocalyptic future will leave you considering our tentative existence and the relationships in our lives that we can take for granted.

Title: California
Author: Edan Lepucki

Reviewed by Suzy D, Mt Albert Library

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