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Restoring Harmony

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  1,735 Ratings  ·  289 Reviews
The year is 2041. Sixteen-year-old Molly McClure has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world left after global economic collapse. One of massive oil shortages, rampant crime, and abandoned cities. Molly is relieve ...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published May 8th 2010)
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Princess Bookie
Nov 18, 2009 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: I can not stress enough how I can't seem to get the words out. I will say what I feel in 5 words. This book was freaking awesome. We are introduced to Molly who is going to Oregon to get her grandparents and bring them back with her. Her mom is pregnant, her sister is engaged, so she is in a time crunch and needs to get back as soon as possible. She starts the journey and encounters many setbacks but she never lets that influence her. She has to get them now before its too late! Tim ...more
Sara Grochowski
Dec 10, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I found Restoring Harmony to be a quick and interesting read. I love dystopian novels, so I was intrigued by this 2010 novel. While I liked it, I found some aspects to be lacking and the dialogue awkward at times.

The portrayed world of 2041 is definitely a different world than that of today's 2010. I liked that Anthony focused on oil one of the main contributors to the Collapse, as that is a definite possibility. I found the story that much more believable because of that detail.

I really liked
Mar 04, 2010 Samantha rated it liked it
Molly lives in a world very different from the one you and I have come to know. And that is not because she lives it Canada. It’s because she lives in 2041 and after the Collapse, which left the entire world in financial peril.

Molly and her family live on a small island, an island that was able to recover quite well after the Collapse, one that’s small and quaint; one where family is the most important thing you’ve got. When the island doctor is killed in a freak accident and Molly’s grandmother
This felt pretty first-drafty to me--there really isn't much depth to it at all, conflicts always get resolved a little too easily, and even though the main character is sixteen, the book reads more like one aimed at kids of eleven or twelve, and Molly herself seems a lot younger than her stated age. Also there were a lot of holes in the plot, and decisions that people made that just didn't make sense. But it's a cute story--one that feels much more like a twenties-era novel (what with the organ ...more
May 23, 2010 Melody rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melody by: Kathleen McDade
Shelves: dystopia
Stayed up late to finish this very engrossing book. I'm a huge dystopia fan, and this book was far less grim than the average one. In this case, it was refreshing- the heroine was hopeful, upbeat, and capable. The bad guys were multi-faceted, though too many of 'em had hearts of gold, I think. The characters were likable, save for the loathsome guy next-door.

I enjoyed the taut pacing and exciting moments of peril that Molly faced bravely. But my favorite character was bad-boy Spiller, natch. An
May 11, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Young Adult, and Dystopian Fiction titles.
Shelves: read-2010
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The world has changed a great deal over the years, and now it is the year 2041. Molly McClure lives in Canada, with her family. They spend a lot of their time farming, and Molly also enjoys playing the fiddle. All is going well until they come to the realization that Molly's grandfather in the United States might be in terrible trouble. Sixteen-year old Molly is elected to go on a dangerous adventure throug
Tayler K
Jan 07, 2016 Tayler K rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
Oh, dear. How do I feel about this book? 2 or 3 stars?

It got better as it went along. Toward the end I was so so anxious about everything getting resolved I had to peek ahead a little, and the ending was pretty good.

The beginning especially was so annoying though. I never know how much allowance I'm supposed to give with first-person narrators--is this the character's way of telling things or a flaw in the author's writing? For a sixteen-year-old girl who's lived her life on a Canadian island f
Jul 13, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it
After the Collapse in 2031 the world is a very different place, one with food shortages and high crime rates. 16 year old Molly has been brought up on an isolated farming island in Canada but when her family hear world that her grandmother is very ill she must venture into the world to find out what has happened & to bring her grandparents back to the island with her. Travel is made difficult by the lack of oil and poor public transport but Molly is the only one who can make the dangerous tr ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Jazz rated it it was ok
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To help her grandparents, young Molly travels from her isolated home in beautiful Canada to a ruined Portland suburb. Along the way she sees firsthand (and for the first time) the bad effects of the Collapse, started by massive oil shortages that left cities abandoned and ripe for criminals to take over. With her fiddle by her side and the help of a mysterious young man, will Molly be able to rescue her family and get back to the home she loves?

I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Which is s
Mar 20, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Despite a few writing quirks that drove me a little crazy (too. many. exclamation points.), this was a really sweet story. While it was speculative fiction, it was more gentle than most I've read recently. Similarly to Life As We Knew It, it's more about how the changes in the world effect a family and their relationships with each other than about word-building or action/adventure. I really did end up liking Molly and Spill and wanting them to be together, and the little details about music and ...more
Mimi Cross
May 14, 2011 Mimi Cross rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of MG and YA
I’m not going to write a synopsis of Restoring Harmony because enough other reviewers have done that, but I am going to voice my praise.

Mixing music with the dangers of a dystopian world is a stroke of genius and in writing Restoring Harmony Joëlle Anthony has created a wonderful story for middle grade students and young adults.

Her Canadian heroine, Molly McClure, is a talented musician but more importantly she is a sweet and loving person. Filled with generous gestures and kindnesses, Restoring
Corinne Zilnicki
Aug 11, 2011 Corinne Zilnicki rated it liked it
For a book set in a bleak dystopian future where the world has run out of oil and society has all but totally disintegrated, this is a surprisingly light-hearted, sweet little story. It has a different feel from many other YA dystopian novels, probably because it focuses more on family, the importance of compassion, and the joy of music rather than fast-paced action, violence, and dark mystery. Instead of a futuristic society where a questionable new set of mores have settled into place, we're s ...more
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
This was sweet. A cute little adventure that has neither too much action, too little action, too little romance, too much romance, a strong protagonist, an interestingly different love interest, slight humour, road trip, and the list goes on…
I actually really enjoyed this considering how long it took for me to finish it. Then again it wasn’t boring. Instead it had the slow magical pace of a beautiful narrator. Molly is sometimes naïve, optimistic (a great characteristic in her since it gets her
Nov 17, 2012 Damali marked it as price-check
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Aug 20, 2015 LizC rated it really liked it
Shelves: bz
A mi gustar, aunque algunas cosas fueran lentas (gosh that k...) otras se desarrollan a un ritmo, digamos que adecuado, es fácil entender a los personajes, es intrigante saber qué va a pasar y cuándo y cómo y por qué. Típico que Spill me mantuvo babeando, así que por ese lado solo diré grrrr.. Pero en fin, un libro que a pesar que la temática se está volviendo a hacer popular difiere de otros de su género ;)
Andrea Mullarkey
Aug 03, 2012 Andrea Mullarkey rated it really liked it
More YA literature – this time dystopian in nature. Molly has grown up on a rural island in Canada, the daughter of farmers who have succeeded in the world left after The Collapse. She is sent on a journey to the United States to collect her grandparents and bring them to be with the family on the farm. It is a dangerous journey and she encounters many obstacles. But she also makes new relationships and learns to trust herself and her own strength. With a fiddle as constant-companion and a healt ...more
Heather Sobek
Aug 11, 2012 Heather Sobek rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed by this book - dystopian and creepily realistic. Very strong female protagonist, a quest, and a little bit of romance. Everything i like in a novel :)

Canada/US (future)
Jan 04, 2014 Phil rated it it was amazing
A gem of a book. Not to be missed if you love stories of folks roughing it after the collapse. Electricity, public transport and food security have become spotty things for most folks. Molly lives on a small Canadian island protected from much of the real world until her grandparents in Portland, Oregon have a crisis that must be attended to. This is her journey to re-unite her family and the hardships she faces on that path. Love this book!
A classic adolescent journey book which echoes somewhat like Homecoming . But set in an after-the-fall northwest. It's a little too simple and easy but it makes for a pleasant read. And the character's read mostly true though perhaps the bad guys could have been a little badder. Mostly everyone is just a little more out-for-themselves but not necessarily back to complete western justice. And there get's to be lot's of semi-believable heroes. Not quite a romance. And definitely a just barely in a ...more
Jan 15, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
I had kind of been dreading this one, but it was a pleasant surprise to find it engaging, easy to read, and plausible but exciting at the same time! It's a dystopian near future set in the Pacific Northwest (including Canada) where society has suffered a collapse and many modern services aren't around anymore. Electricity and water are iffy, and there's nowhere near enough oil for cars. The trains run more or less, and it was kind of weird to be reading about Portland's MAX light rail still work ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Anine rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
For a book labeled 'apocalyptic', little did happen. This was a rather forgettable read.
Zoey Tevault
Sep 29, 2014 Zoey Tevault rated it really liked it
Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony is a quirky YA apocalyptic/romance novel about a young girl named Molly trying to convince her grandparents to come back to Canada with her. Because of a transportation issue, she ends up staying there and, in turn, making new friends. In the US, cities are controlled by gangs/mafia unlike Molly's small farming community in Canada. Molly is going to have her work cut out for her after sneaking into the United States, getting involved with The Organization, and ...more
Bonnie McDaniel
Bah. Two clunkers in a row. I'm now reading Peter Watts' Echopraxia, however, so things are looking up.

This is the third book this year I didn't finish, and I gave this one every chance. I read on far past the point where the idiotic plot really started to bother me, hoping it would improve. Hoping beyond hope it would get better. Finally, about two-thirds of the way through, I stopped and asked myself: “Do I care what happens to these people?”

The answer was “no,” so I removed my marker and cl
Dec 13, 2015 SavageElina rated it really liked it
Restoring Harmony:
In the year 2041, a teenage girl named Molly leaves her home in Canada to the U.S. to find her grandpa(more like grandparents). Oil was running real low, and the world is no longer safe, criminals and crime everywhere. As she sets out on her adventure she meets and discovers many things, some pleasant, others not.

My thought/opinion:
I personally like to read romance and adventure, so I liked this book a lot. I think Spill is cute, though sometimes he can be a bit disappointing
Cindy Nguyen
Dec 14, 2015 Cindy Nguyen rated it really liked it
Restoring Harmony tells the story of Molly McClure and how she travels from an island off the coast of Canada to Portland. Molly discovers how in 2041, life is hard for her grandparents as they struggle financially and physically. She meets many interesting people and when Molly witnesses something she shouldn’t have, her whole trip turns in the opposite direction afterwards.

In my opinion, I would give this book 3.5/5 stars because I wasn’t a big fan of the writing style. I wished the author wou
Ava Waffle
Dec 17, 2015 Ava Waffle rated it really liked it
Restoring Harmony is a story set in the future where oil is short, also where the economy has collapsed. Afterward, there's a girl named Molly McClure who lives in Vancouver Island with a mission to accomplish in Oregon. On her journey to her grandparent's house, she met a lovely young man named Spill. However, it was a struggle to accomplish her mission, along with returning back home safely with problems occurring.

One thing I really enjoyed about the book is the genre. To me, it's a perfect
Dec 17, 2015 J.H rated it really liked it
Restoring Harmony tells you about a girl name Molly Mclure and how she has to go from an island off the coast of Canada to Portland. In 2041 her grandparents runs into some struggle. When she gets there she meets some people that will become her life saver or one of her villains and when that happens her plan will not be what she has expected.

I personally like the writing style and how it shows the realism in it, I thought the romance in the book gave the story a bit of sweetness because the ot
Dec 17, 2015 Sadia marked it as to-read
Its the year 2041, oil supplies have run low, and the government had to make some hard decisions, 16 year old Molly McClure has to travel down to Oregon to get her grandparents and bring them back to British Columbia. Molly has to be brave. Molly is relieved once she finds her grandparents alive in Portland, but are starving. This quick trip turns into a massive rescue mission, and crime builds up. Molly's only home may to be them at their own game. Luckily, there's a good looking strange that's ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Alyana rated it really liked it

Restoring Harmony is an interesting novel although I did not fully enjoy the beginning of the book , I thought it was stale nothing new , although continually reading it I enjoyed more and more as I read. This book starts of with Molly living in the year 2041 , she lives in Canada with her family on a small island. Molly traveled from an island in British Columbia to Portland , because her mother was very stressed the reason for that is she thinks that Molly's grandmother ( her mother ) had pass
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Joëlle Anthony started out life in Portland, Oregon as a talker, then a reader, eventually a writer, and by her teen years, the sirens of the stage were calling her name. With a BA in theatre, and absolutely no other marketable skills (not even waitressing), she got some headshots made and called herself an actress. Believe it or not, some people fell for it, and if you look really closely, and do ...more
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