A very intriguing premise for a novel. I don't think it turned out the way I had expected, not that I really knew what to expect. I imagine people morA very intriguing premise for a novel. I don't think it turned out the way I had expected, not that I really knew what to expect. I imagine people more familiar with US politics and geography would be able to poke holes in this downward spiral of America to this imagined 2075 and beyond, but I believed it. There are a lot of parallels to be drawn to so much that's happening today, with conflicts overseas, but obviously with the situations being reversed, with America being the superpower. I thought the time jumps were well-balanced out, which is always tricky with a novel that encompasses so much. The 'saved' documents and interviews and snippets also helped fill in the gaps. I liked getting to know the Chestnuts with the inevitable to come, with Sarat having to lose much of her family in order to be turned into a weapon against the North. I don't think I got to know enough about Sarat herself to be convinced of everything she would eventually do, though it wasn't too much of a leap in imagination to see how anybody could be pushed that far. I did sour a bit in the last bit of the novel, otherwise this would be a solid 4 other than a 3.5.
Overall it's been a bit of an emotionally exhausting journey. I wouldn't say it's the most difficult read, but of course, there's a fair bit of carnage (and torture, as we're warned in the front flap, but I'll repeat again), though a lot of this tiredness comes from the current news cycle. Maybe I read this at the wrong time, or maybe it was actually too timely, such that I didn't want to pick it up and go further into the devastation once I put it down, which was totally the case. It's well-written and the journalistic background of the author shows in many instances. I don't know if it's something I'd outright recommend, but it's a solid read.
(view spoiler)[Even knowing her role in the plague after Reunification, Sarat's release and subsequent 'recovery' seemed like it was destined to go on a different path. I could understand all the anger and the desire for revenge, but I'd believe she'd take such a step if Simon was alive, and especially with how everything fell apart with the rebels. It didn't seem like she cared enough to be convinced by Yousef or Braggs Jr. or whatever remained of Gaines to let everybody but Benjamin, Marcus, and Layla die (which seemed to be the only people that she gave outs to). I thought she cared for her brother a bit more than leaving him to die and taking his son away from what was a good life, a steadier life going forward, even if he was still a stranger to her. I was on board until this very last step. If only Simon wasn't alive and thriving with his own family, finally on a solid road to recovery. (hide spoiler)] ...more
always disappointed not seeing any of these walking books being about women by women (let's be real, the experience in exploring a city will inevitablalways disappointed not seeing any of these walking books being about women by women (let's be real, the experience in exploring a city will inevitably differ) and !!!!! imagine my surprise spotting this in stores today! going on my list immediately....more