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
I loved the language in this book, loved the writing style. It was a sad story, I cried while reading it. Perhaps I was too caught up with the story,I loved the language in this book, loved the writing style. It was a sad story, I cried while reading it. Perhaps I was too caught up with the story, I don't cry very often with books, but this one really moved me.
The story takes place in Early America, the mid to late 1700's as the country is beginning. There aren't many characters in the story, mainly a father, his young daughter Tabitha, the wife who died in childbirth Helen and her father Asa, along with Moll, a slave that was given to a young Helen who was just slighter older. The story is mainly about the father and daughter of the different generations. Helen's own mother died in childbirth as well. John had been a pirate then a soldier in the Revolutionary War, so these topics play in the story, as well as slavery and some of the difficulties....more
I read the first chapter (Nov. 9), and it started out strong. I expect this will be a good book. I need to give it the proper time for it, and latelyI read the first chapter (Nov. 9), and it started out strong. I expect this will be a good book. I need to give it the proper time for it, and lately that isn't now. Hopefully I can get back to it soon!...more
This book definitely has a young adult writing style, but adult themed. The subject matter is quite dark - a Lithuanian family forced apart and into aThis book definitely has a young adult writing style, but adult themed. The subject matter is quite dark - a Lithuanian family forced apart and into a prison work camp with near starvation circumstances. Reminiscent of Nazi labor camps of the same era, but this one perpetuated by the Russians.
This book lost a high rating for me due to the simplistic writing style, which perhaps is unfair since I'm outside that target audience. Yet, the book also falters due to a few plot points were so obvious it made me want to scream. ...more
Compelling and contemplative. The book takes place over a day, with many moments of reflection and memories. This is a moody novel, slow paced and witCompelling and contemplative. The book takes place over a day, with many moments of reflection and memories. This is a moody novel, slow paced and without much of a plot. We slowly learn who the narrator is, although he remain unnamed. Where he grew up is referred to only as the desert and the city he now resides, where he traveled to suddenly one day, without thought, is only referred to as an old European city. However, one can deduce the place is likely based on Istanbul due to certain aspects mentioned in the story.
Although the novel is short it is thick on detail and substance. Even though I just read the book, I'm sure I will reread it again. This is one you can revisit and glean more out of the pages. The following quote is only one aspect of the story:
"So, what she said about noticing a place on the day you move in and out was, I supposed, a general comment about arriving and departing, connecting and separating. And I supposed that what she meant was that one's identity while one lives in a place is inextricable from that place. And only when the self perceives the place as separate does one see it as it truly is."...more