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Restoring Harmony

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,423 ratings  ·  262 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
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile (first published May 8th 2010)
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Corinne Lee
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
Samantha
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
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Sara Grochowski
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
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Sarah
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
Mimi Cross
May 14, 2011 Mimi Cross rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Zoey Tevault
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
Jazz
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Princess Bookie
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
Nɪɴᴀ
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
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Elizabeth Briggs
Are you in the mood for a good YA dystopia, but need something a bit lighter? If so, then I highly recommend Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony, which reads like a contemporary YA novel that just happens to be set in a messed up future.

The world of Restoring Harmony is very believable and realistic, and it is easy to imagine that a global depression could occur if we had a major oil crisis. Take a lot of our current problems and make them worse, and we’d be living in this book.

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Lara
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
Andrea Mullarkey
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
Melody
May 23, 2010 Melody rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara
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
Kendra
I read this over the weekend and was surprised by how much I liked it! It's set in the US and Canada in the future, after the Great Collapse of 2031, and the main character is a teen girl who travels from her home in rural Canada to Portland, OR to bring her grandparents back to Canada. Travel is difficult, the world is a mess, and she doesn't really know what she's getting into when she befriend a boy in the "Organization." It's a fast-paced story with an intriguing look at what our future coul ...more
Phil
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!
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
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Jane
To be quite honest, I thought that this would be more of a deep and interesting book, but unfortunately I was wrong. Maybe it is interesting to some people, but this is not quite what I think of as interesting. I suppose I just did not find the whole plot of the story very realistic. The fact that Molly's parents sent their 16 year old daughter without any means of communication, into a foreign country illegally, knowing that her grandparents may not even want to come back with her, this just di ...more
Lis
First things first: the name is so fricken bland! And the cover art should DEFINITELY be changed! But this was a good book and I won't let the outer looks sway me from my opinion :)

At first I felt a little iffy about it, reading the slow beginning about the mom and the family and the whatever else. But soon I was reeled in by Molly's courageous character and--Spill, I loved Spill! He was adorable! YIPPPPEEEEE!

Ahem, anyways. I thought it'd be a little more action packed but I liked this :3
LizC
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 ;)
Heather Homant
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)
Margarita
This has got to be the most intriguing and exiciting book that I've read in years! And also the first book I've read this fairly new year. Now Restoring Harmony was not what I expected at first. My first impression of this book when I saw it at the public library was that it would turn out to be boring. I guess what caught my eye was the cover of the book and the discription and that part about a handsome stranger. I like books with a little romance-a lot of romance. Anyway I liked this book a l ...more
Michelle Iglesias-holland
Ok read. Nice to read a book about an independent teenage girl who is not solely motivated by a boy.
Damali
Nov 17, 2012 Damali marked it as price-check  ·  review of another edition
(overpriced ebook) Check library.
Katharine_ann
There are a lot of aspects about Restoring Harmony that totally worked for me. The fist is the setting for the story. The year 2041 is not very far away, and I love that in the book the world is something I still recognize. This isn’t a dystopian story in the sense that the world hasn’t dissolved into an entirely alien atmosphere. Instead the world still feels very much like a world I know, there are just some very important changes, like the lack of an effective government, oil, money, and trad ...more
Dannielle R
3.5 Stars

I read this book in one sitting, in about four hours if my estimation is correct. It really was a fast read, intriguing enough to keep me going despite not feeling the desperate need to finish and find out exactly what was going to happen. If I had to put it down, I could have.

I was really interested in the Collapse and thought that the fact that oil was the main contributor to it was a very plausible reason. I found it a little hard to get into though, and some aspects were very hard t
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Rebekah
This was a decent book. There were elements that had been done before that were still done well, and I really enjoyed reading it.

Nothing about it exactly stood out or impressed me but that's not to say it wasn't a good book. It was peaceful and didn't leave me angry or upset, it was simply and purely so: a good book. It's the kind that might not be on everyone's To Read list but should be nonetheless. When life is crazy this is a book you can sit down with and read and enjoy and feel calm again
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Annmarie
Not bad. It's a light read, somewhat surprisingly for something of a dystopian novel. It's set in the Pacific Northwest, so I picked it up. Sixteen-year-old Molly McClure lives on a small island in BC in 2041, after the Collapse of 2031 when the oil pretty much ran out. She and her family are poor but live pretty self sufficiently, faming and whatnot, until they get word that her grandmother in Portland has either died or become ill - communication lines are poor and they are not sure. Molly is ...more
Jessica B
From shutupimreading.blogspot.com

From the first few pages I could tell that Restoring Harmony would be good, and I was right.

I love dystopias. A lot. But some are just a little harder to imagine would actually happen. Restoring Harmony wasn't like that. It was so easy to imagine our world crumbling the way it did in this novel. It was really realistic to the point that it was almost frightening, but more like a car crash that you can't look away from.

I really liked the main character, Molly. She
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Amy
I had come across this book on some blogger’s list of dystopian books, looked it up, and decided to read it someday. Then one day when I dropped by Books-a-Million to see what books were in their sale bins, I find it for $3! It was meant to be. :)

Anyways, I really loved this book. It was dystopian, and totally believable. The America of no gas, organized crime, lack of food, and empty cities is something very easy to see happening, especially the way she explains it (with rich people buying out
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