Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel
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Sharp and Dangerous Virtues: A Novel

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It’s 2047 in Dayton, Ohio. In response to food and water shortages, the U.S. government has developed an enormous, and powerfully successful, agricultural area—the “Heartland Grid”—just north of the city. In the meantime, in the wake of declining American power a multinational force has established itself in Cleveland. Behind these quickly shifting alliances lies a troubli...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Swallow Press (first published September 15th 2012)
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A dystopian future for an America that nearly joins the rest of the world collapsing from a post-Great Recession economic collapse in the near future. What saves America, but results in unintended consequences, is a renewal plan to isolate and rebuild a large swathe of the plains from Ohio to the Mississippi called "the Grid." Over time, the Gridians develop a separate sense of identity and the rest of the world, lead by a unified Africa and jealous Canada, invade northern Ohio and try to gain c...more
Ricky Huard
This was my first encounter with Martha Moody's work, and I certainly see myself going back for more. A dystopian novel set in the near future, Sharp and Dangerous Virtues circles around the problem of dealing with the crises of tomorrow (the effects of climate change and global food insecurity, for example) with only the tools of today. What makes this novel a good read, though, is the author's care in not allowing these major plot drivers to crowd out the human relationships, with all their hu...more
Sharp and Dangerous Virtues was a little different twist for me. I'm not usually a reader of dystopian fiction, but I like the way this author writes and decided to choose it for a book discussion. I'm glad I did. It probably helps that I knew many of the locations cited, but I also found the characters interesting and the plot thought-provoking. What if the United States had to ration its food, level middle America and build a giant agricultural area surrounded by walls just north of Dayton, Oh...more
Eli Jacobs
This book was jarring. Its dystopian future seems distressingly plausible, and the characters are incredibly believable in their attempts to make a normal life for themselves during war.
I read about a third of the book and just couldn't get into it. I would think if you weren't from the Dayton area, it would be incredibly difficult to care at all.
I couldn't even finish it. The book was dry and droned on and on.
Ugh, could not finish. Ohio snore.
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