Here in California we’re having another year of drought. A severe drought. The state is considering drastic measures. Well, not as drastic as what youHere in California we’re having another year of drought. A severe drought. The state is considering drastic measures. Well, not as drastic as what you find in Sherwood Nation. This book’s theme is of water becoming so scare that people are literally dying of thirst and water becomes the measure of wealth. The setting is Portland, Oregon and they are cut off from the rest of the United States. East of the Rockies things may be going better, but that’s not really explored. The National Guard rations food and water given out each day to each citizen at distribution drops. The city has power for only a few hours each day. Work and nearly everything has come to a halt.
What arises is a revolution to start a new way of handling water, food, security and a new way of life. This is Sherwood Nation, a new country within the borders of Portland. The unlikely leader is named Maid Marion when on her first heist of intercepting an unmarked water truck with untagged gallons of water she hands out to whomever is around. The news cameras caught the action and show her spreading this wealth that was designed for the rich part of town.
The premise is great. The writing falters a bit though. It focuses on just a few main characters early on then starts adding in more and more points of view, which unties some of the immediacy in the story. We don’t get much on why Renee dubbed Maid Marion does much of what she does, and really I didn’t find her a very believable female character. In fact her boyfriend seemed more feminine. Perhaps that was purposeful, the role reversal but it didn’t ring true for me. Another aspect that kept pulling me out of the story was the timeline. We’d follow a charter along for a while, hours, days maybe a week or two then suddenly pulled back to some other point. The timeline was often confusing. The new nation was building quickly, this new project was now up and running and the response from the citizens were going strong, and then I felt the rug is pulled out when it's stated this all happened in a few days. Really? Okay, my summary isn’t doing it justice, but there was way too much going on in such a short amount of time that it was hard to accept.
In the end I found the book to be enjoyable. It made me look at water in a new way and perhaps that is main point here. We may be heading towards a world where water will be more regulated, at least in some areas. How will that look if we’re rationed to two gallons a day per person, then told that will be cut in half? We waste water like nothing now and one day may regret it. So this book makes you think a little, and will make you thirsty!
Book rating: 4 stars (really 3.5 but rounding up for the utopian ideals) ...more
A very painful and deadly virus wiped out most of the population before anything was developed to save everyone. A suppressant was found by Waverly viA very painful and deadly virus wiped out most of the population before anything was developed to save everyone. A suppressant was found by Waverly via a time portal under Lake Tahoe that took him exactly two years in the future. Fortunately the portal returns the person to their own time line. Waverly gave the found drug to Stead who developed the cure that saved everyone, with one problem -- that a dose must be administered every day to keep the virus from returning.
To ensure the daily dosing and help everyone, the survivors were moved to one city per state, evenly distributed, and a wall went up around the cities for protection. To make sure crime stays low to non-existent, the time portal is used to find out about future crimes so they may arrest the offenders before they could do any harm. The Waverly-Stead Company is quite powerful in this world.
The story takes place mainly in Reno, which is one of the most important cities now. It's 16 years after the devastating virus and Bad Times that proceeded the outbreak. The main characters are siblings West and Clover Donovan, and Mango the helper dog, because Clover has autism.
The book is a fast read since it's nearly all dialog. It's definitely geared towards teens, young adult. An autistic main character was a great decision on Grimes part. It adds dimension and something new in the post-apocalyptic/dystopian young-adult genre. A warning...the book ends okay, but there aren't any real solid resolutions. This is only the beginning of a series and you will definitely want to read the next one. ...more
Not quite as good as the first installment. Again the book leaves off with the story not complete. This book felt like a littlThree and a half stars.
Not quite as good as the first installment. Again the book leaves off with the story not complete. This book felt like a little more revision or editing was needed, a few places where it was unclear who was talking, saying "he" with a room of males doesn't help. Most of the story again takes place in dialogue, but some of the back and forth was repetitive. Overall a quick read and enjoyable enough that I could recommend reading it, just not heartily. Hopefully with the next book the writing is a little better.
Since I received this book free (Thank you Penguin!!) I read the first Viral Nation in the series. It has been worth my time for both books, but not sure how hard I'll look for the next one in the series. Will have to wait and see as this one just came out....more
I finished reading Wool last night and I have to say I am impressed. It’s no wonder this self-published author has been so successful. He knows how toI finished reading Wool last night and I have to say I am impressed. It’s no wonder this self-published author has been so successful. He knows how to write! This book is quick, and once you start it is hard to put down until the end. The pull of wanting to know what happens next is strong. It was originally written in serial form, short stories that Simon & Schuster picked up and put into the book I read. If I had did not have all five parts in one, I would be annoyed wanting the next installment. Where the book ended was at a good point, satisfied enough. Clearly left open for a sequel. Actually I thought the last portion wasn’t as strong as some of the other areas. But I’m not going to quibble. This was a good book! I will definitely read more of Howey’s works.
The story itself is a post-apocalyptic book where the people live in an enormous underground silo. The world unravels as you read and I don’t want to give away anything as it may spoil the joy in finding out about this inventive world. Even if you don’t typically read Science Fiction I think this book would appeal to you. I definitely recommend reading this book!...more
Post-apocalyptic books entice me to read them, particularly global-warming caused, but this one was a lousy book. I should have stopped reading it insPost-apocalyptic books entice me to read them, particularly global-warming caused, but this one was a lousy book. I should have stopped reading it instead of actually finishing it. I kept thinking it has got to get better, but it didn’t. Waste of time. It was not interesting. The timeline jumped around way too much, I suppose in attempt to create suspense for the story, but it didn’t work, it just got in the way. I was barely interested in what happened to these people, or why, the big question why was Mat staying there when he could get out, when the people closest to him said to leave, the question is never answered satisfactorily. All in all save yourself and skip this one. ...more
As a bit of a library geek and a title like this I had to read the book. Unfortunately, it isn't my type of book. It's a action crime novel where theAs a bit of a library geek and a title like this I had to read the book. Unfortunately, it isn't my type of book. It's a action crime novel where the main character goes around killing people, hired as a hit man. Honestly think this book would appeal more to guys. If there's Chick Lit then there must be Guy Lit and this is it.
The future dystopian aspect to the book, could have been appealing. But I really didn't like the main character, talk about flaws! Purposeful, but sometimes I just had a hard time believing all the running around he does, especially just one day after knee replacement surgery, no sleep, and so on.
I would give the book 2 stars, maybe 2 1/2, but bumping it up to 3 since it's not my type of book, and it might be more appealing to those who like to read this type of book....more