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The Blondes by Emily Schultz
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Jul 17, 12

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Blondes infected by a virus, rampaging, maiming, infecting, and even killing others. A young academic, pregnant, confused, frightened, and conflicted. The world struggling with a deadly, complex, and divisive pandemic. Easy to make this comedic, it has all the elements, but the author choose instead to explore issues that we take for granted, things we think of as rights, which are to a great extent more fragile and vulnerable than many suspect: freedom, security, and reproductive health. Concerns about prejudice and how quickly people turn on their fellow humans is explored to a disquieting degree. While this book started off slow as it picked up steam it became more and more intriguing. I was very pleased to win an advance copy of The Blondes from the Goodreads First Reads Program (apparently on sale July 24, 2012), more so after I read it. As our world disintegrates around us, it’s interesting to see the rise of dystopian worlds in literature, art, cinema, etc. Is it people’s way of coping with the world’s endless challenges or a subconscious nod that we’re already there? I suspect the latter, I acknowledge with a sigh. Ta, off to dye my hair…

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