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Flowertown by S.G. Redling
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Aug 12, 12

On the cover of FLOWERTOWN a toxic warning is posted on a chain-link fence: "Do Not Enter." If you crave an intense thriller with gritty and realistic characters you love, and love to hate, this book is your ticket to a modern-day hell that reminded me of Sartre's NO EXIT. The fearless and cynical heroine, Ellie Cauley, is a survivor, and the author nails the reactions and wild risk-taking of a smart woman trapped inside a containment area ironically called Flowertown. For people who live near the next Bhopal, a chemical valley, or are victims of a nuclear meltdown, this story will unnerve you, come way too close. You will suffer through each step of detox with a young woman named Rachel and can almost smell the nauseating sweet odor of Flowertown's contamination on your own body and the acrid smoke from the coveted mind-numbing marijuana. If S. G. Redling's exciting page-turning debut is any indication of her future work, I'll be patiently waiting. Or maybe, impatiently!
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