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When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.

Seven years
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by Thomas & Mercer (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Jul 19, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
5 Stars

Flowertown is a fabulous summer read and a real sleeper that needs to get some notoriety. This is a post apocalyptic novel that takes place with an intimate setting and is a nice twist from the standards of the genre. This is not a zombie book. It is however a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your summer lounge, quickly swiping away at your ereader, and it will throw you through some kick ass twist and turns along the way.

“Flowertown was the derogatory, and therefore
Jun 28, 2012 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Most of the books I read, I read because I've followed some trail of hype. Popular on Goodreads or all my friends have read it or best selling, etc, etc.

It's so nice, then, to just pick up a book because it sounded good and to discover what feels like a hidden gem.

Feno Chemical spills an experimental pesticide near a small town in Iowa. Those that survive the contamination are quarantined, guarded by the US Army and a private security force. They work, eat, sleep and are under constant medical
James Thane
Oct 13, 2014 James Thane rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Seven years ago, the folks at Feno Chemical developed a new pesticide that was designed, as always, to improve the lives of all Americans--Better Living Through Chemistry, and all that.

Well, as it turns out, maybe not so much in this case. When Feno accidentally spills the new pesticide near a small town in rural Iowa, the results are catastrophic. Scores of people die immediately; hundreds of others are left extremely sick and contagious, and there is no immediate cure for the diseases that now
Micah Brunty
Jul 01, 2012 Micah Brunty rated it it was amazing
Wasn't sure about this when I started it, as it wasn't like my usual picks. But oh. My. Goodness. Could not put this book down. Ellie was such a convoluted mess of a heroine. The plot was just twisted enough to catch myself sitting with my mouth hanging open. Loved this book and really looking forward to more from Ms. Redling.
Aug 03, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
I wanted to like "Flowertown" more than this. I really did.

As a fan of dystopian fiction, the plot and setting captivated me -- a rural Iowa town is contaminated by an experimental pesticide. Those who survived the grueling rounds of pharmaceutical treatment that followed live in a 7.5 square-mile slice of despair called "Flowertown," after the sweet smell the denizens exude as a medicinal side effect. The intrigue rose to adequate levels, centering around changes in the quarantine zone related
Jo Anne B
Jun 26, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book has not gotten the publicity it deserves.
Tanya Eby
I don't like to rate books I'm narrating. It just doesn't feel right, especially if the book hasn't been released yet. BUT I can say some general things. This is the type of book that I'm drawn to even if I'm not narrating. You know, one I'd pick up on my own at the bookstore to curl up with. I love the strong characters, the plot, the action, and the end. So excited to give voice to this. I hope I do the characters justice.
ObiWan Canubi
Aug 01, 2012 ObiWan Canubi rated it really liked it
I go to turn on my Kindle about a week ago and there is an image of a tattered fence with a biohazard sign hanging in the landscape of Smalltown U.S.A. Sorry, but you drop an image like that in my face and you have all but marketed yourself into a sale. I follow the link to learn more and the plot summary tells the woes of a small rural town in Iowa that became the site of a chemical spill. The grounds and town folk were contaminated and the residents quarantined... the residents that survived t ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Ian rated it really liked it
Flowertown I've read a few books that loosely fall into the category of dystopian novels. I don't think it was ever really my thing and in recent years even less so. I don't read books to be depressed, I read for entertainment. After a catastrophic chemical spill a small town in Iowa is fenced off from the world and the residents put into quarantine. The company responsible for the contamination is put in charge of the town and the health of the residents, but they have their own agenda.
S.G. Red
Belinda Pepper
Jul 20, 2012 Belinda Pepper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually if I dislike a story's main character, that's a deal-breaker for me. I didn't like Ellie. She was (as Aussies like to say) "rough as guts". She was dirty, foul-mouthed, selfish, and an anti-hero. I couldn't relate to her.


The concept of this story and the "world" that was created was unique enough to hold my interest. And it was interesting to see the ways that Ellie's world quickly started to fall apart (especially considering that her world is already post-apocalyptic). The beginnin
Jun 21, 2012 Alecia rated it it was amazing
I love Ellie Cauley, the main character in Flowertown. I grew up on slasher movies where high-school beauty queens ran upstairs in their high-heels, only to be killed by the bad guy. They always fell down, they always screamed, and I always hated it.

Not so with Ellie. She is hard, cynical, and seems that she couldn't care less. This is actually Ellie's survival mechanism. It's how she copes because, ultimately, she is a survivor.

After a devestating chemical spill in rural Iowa, Ellie finds herse
Aug 21, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my 08/12 Kindle Lending Library selection. I have to admit that when I finished this book, I wanted to read it again immediately. While the plot initially seems fairly straightforward, there are some twists and turns I really did not anticipate, and I wanted to go back and really see how everything fit together with the new pieces.

I think Flowertown works because of its characters. Ellie (somehow) is likable; you find yourself cheering for her even though she's gross, foul-mouthed, apat
Michael Flanagan
Sep 12, 2012 Michael Flanagan rated it really liked it
What a fantastic read!!! This book is what I like to call a grower. It starts of slow with just enough to hook you and then builds to an end that leaves you breathless. Warning if you suffer from paranoia do not read this book. They just might really be after you.
Jun 16, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Uncorrected ARC/Science Fiction: Riddle me this Batman: What is worst than the US Army showing up in CDC suits and battening down the hatches? (Answer at the end of this review.)

In a small county in Iowa, a chemical spill has tainted the land. The people who have survived the spill are infected and contagious. Left in a huge interment camp called Flowertown; the people try to live their lives. There are problems. The infrastructure of Flowertown, is failing after seven years. The Bill of Rights
Robert Beveridge
S. G. Redling, Flowertown (Thomas and Mercer, 2012)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

Life in Flowertown—a seven-and-a-half-square-mile stretch of Nowhere, Iowa, that was the victim of a toxic chemical spill seven years ago and has been the center of a scorched-earth quarantine ever since—is boring. And I mean boring. It's bad enough that the army officially looks the other way at the town's thriving pot trade. And if you happen to work for the local gove
Jul 31, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia

I devoured this book. I loved the protagonist and her foul mouth. The twists, turns, and shocking reveals kept me interested until the last page and left me wanting for more!! Well done.
Kari Anderson
Jun 17, 2012 Kari Anderson rated it it was amazing
When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.

Seven years later, the infrastructure is crumbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley d
Tanja Berg
Jul 19, 2012 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - what a book! I stumbled across this by chance on goodreads and was a bit sceptical, but thought I'd give it a shot. No regrets, that's for sure! The story is set in "Flowertown" so named because of a chemical spill that causes the infected people to reek of lilies. The chemical spill also caused the town to be entirely cut-off and secluded for from the rest of the world, to prevent furhter contamination. The survivors are treated to cocktails of medication which might one day cure them or ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Let me say this...I am NOT a fan of conspiracy theory stories. However this story is bringing me over as a fan. Well this and Gregg Hurowitz. This is a debut novel about a town under quarantine from a chemical spill, that's been this way for 6 years. The main character, Ellie, is not overly likable (which is actually points from me, I like not entirely likable characters), she's given up on life after the raw deal handed her an
Mar 17, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this book. The story and world building is truly excellent. It's not really a dystopian future, or even post-apocalyptic. What we have is one small area that has had a horrific event befall it and containment has been setup. So for this one small area, it was effectively the end of the world as they knew it.

The story is compelling, interesting, and multi-layered. It leaves you wondering until the conclusion just who is telling the truth, who's lying, and who the
Sep 10, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
It's not often that I'm pleasantly surprised by a book I bought for $1.99 (it was the Kindle Daily Deal), but this one was surprisingly good. By which I mean: it was well-written (with the occasional evocative turn of phrase), it was entertaining, and I finished it in less than two days.

Great premise: due to a horrible chemical/pesticide spill in rural Iowa, a 7.5-mile area has been quarantined and more or less sealed off for the past 7+ years. There are some military and medical personnel who
Joy Kerby
Jul 14, 2012 Joy Kerby rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this conspiracy theory, quarantined society novel, but I was pleasantly surprised. I've read several books recently with unique, intriguing concepts that fell flat with weak character development and poor execution, but Flowertown hit a homerun with all three.

I'm a huge fan of quirky, eccentric characters, and this book is chock full of them. Ellie, the tough, raunchy heroine drives the novel, but the full cast of mismatched, odd characters gives the book a great b
Laura Bentley
Aug 12, 2012 Laura Bentley rated it it was amazing
On the cover of FLOWERTOWN a toxic warning is posted on a chain-link fence: "Do Not Enter." If you crave an intense thriller with gritty and realistic characters you love, and love to hate, this book is your ticket to a modern-day hell that reminded me of Sartre's NO EXIT. The fearless and cynical heroine, Ellie Cauley, is a survivor, and the author nails the reactions and wild risk-taking of a smart woman trapped inside a containment area ironically called Flowertown. For people who live near t ...more
Sonja Arlow
(overall 3 1/2 stars)

Every day, loads of very toxic materials travel our highways and railroads. What would happen if one of these spilled -- and permanently poisoned an entire area with all the people in it?

This book has a strong conspiracy theory element and was a quick, easy and fast paced read but the best bit had to be the main protagonist, Ellie (she deserves a full 5 stars). She is a crass, sarcastic, violent, pot-smoking anti-hero and I loved her!
Aug 22, 2012 Tamara rated it really liked it
Really liked the suspense, the psychology, the paranoia. Definitely kept my interest. Fabulous summer read! Could definitely see this as a movie... strong female lead, though so angry, but you realize the justifiability of it as time goes by.
Lara Nance
Jun 24, 2012 Lara Nance rated it it was amazing
Holy moly. I read this book in one day. Couldn't put it down. GO, Buy, read!
Aug 23, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
Shelves: pa
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It reminded me of James Howard Kunstler's writing. I liked the sequential flow of the plot with the focus on the daily routines to help build momentum. The author also kept me guessing about the ending.

I thought this book was well-written. Imagine what would happen if a major chemical spill happened that resulted in the quarantine of an entire community? What would life be like under such conditions? What if you were just passing through to another destination w
Son Dang
Aug 09, 2012 Son Dang rated it liked it
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Holy crap, you guys. THIS BOOK. I'm not entirely sure what I expected from it, and it started out a little slow. But I read the entire thing in just over 24 hours because I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED OMFG.

Ellie was a fantastic character. Yes, she's deeply flawed and has more than a few issues with self worth, but it was a breath of fresh (floral scented) air to discover a character who'd been handed a seriously shitty card in life and is still willing to fight like hell to make things better.
Dec 07, 2012 Steph added it
When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, scores of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a U.S. Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Dosed with powerful drugs to combat the poison, their bodies give off a sickly sweet smell and the containment zone becomes known simply as Flowertown.

Seven years later, the infrastructure is crumbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley doesn’t care anym
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Apocalypse Whenever: September 2012, Flowertown by S.G. Redling (spoiler free) 52 232 Jan 26, 2015 09:37AM  
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S.G. Redling, a graduate of Georgetown University, has spent fifteen years waking up the good folks of Huntington WV and its environs on the WKEE-FM morning radio show. She recently wound up her headphones for the last time and is focusing on thrillers, mysteries and urban fantasy. When S.G. isn't writing (don't tell Christine Witthohn!) she loves to paint, travel and embarrass herself by speaking ...more
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“You have two emotions—apathy and rage—and nothing in between.” Ellie wanted him to stop, but she could hear the truth in his words. She closed her eyes for his killing blow. “It’s like you’re not even a person. You’re an…organism.” “That’s not true.” Ellie forced her eyes open. “I am a person. I’m just not good at it.” 13 likes
“We are outnumbered and outgunned and have every reason to despair. But it is exactly these odds that cause Fortune to smile upon those of us stupid enough to fight to defend what is decent and what is right. They cannot be allowed to silence the cries of the lives they have taken. You know what you need to do.” 2 likes
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