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Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony
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Jul 24, 11

bookshelves: dystopian, 2011, young-adult, stand-alone
Read from July 23 to 24, 2011

This story is about Molly, a young 16 year old girl from a small rural island off the coast of Canada who is sent down to America to find her grandparents and bring them back to Canada. The world suffered a major collapse from all of the governments taking over the world's oil supply, and on top of that a major cattle disease swept through killing herds everywhere, and by extension people, and even further toppling the fast food industry resulting in major economic issues and unemployment. All of these problems make for what could be a a very terrifying and intense world. Not in Anthony's hands though. I was thinking it would be like the TV show Jeremiah, but this world had a completely Disney-esche feel.

Molly was adorable with her fiddle, and her fairly naive (but really just ignorant) views on the world. She was raised pretty isolated on this self sufficient island and had no idea the things she would see or experience once off of it. Spill (other times known as Quinn and Robert) was sweet but had no depth whatsoever. He is never explained why he ever helped Molly out in the first place. Later he does comes to like her but why did he do it in the beginning?? Her grandparents are sweet but even they are never fully explained. They supposedly had a falling out with their daughter Brianna, Molly's mom, over 20 yrs ago because she switched from premed to agriculture, and since then haven't even seen her. I mean really?? You don't see your daughter for over 20 years because you don't like her career choice? It's not like she decided to become a prostitute or drug smuggler for her career.

While the story was sweet the effects of the Collapse took a major back burner in the story. This story could have been set in an earlier time instead of as a dystopian and it would have been the same. Furthermore, everything that happened to Molly was always just settled so easily. The bad guys weren't bad enough, hell they even helped her at times. The journey was fairly simple, non violent, and always assisted by the kindest strangers ever. Like I said - Disney.

I am giving it 2 stars because it had such potential but really feel short in terms of the characters, the world building, and the plot points.
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Reading Progress

07/23/2011 page 43
13.0% "Pretty "Disney" approach to the post apocalyptic society. this story could just be taking place in an earlier time or extremely rural are for all the detail about the society it has provided so far."
07/23/2011 page 45
14.0% "How can she be done trusting strangers? Besides the one who took her money everyone else has bent over backwards to help her even though they live in this "horrible dystopian society"."
07/24/2011 page 320
100.0% "Finished. Review to come!"

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