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Lauren’s happy childhood on a farm in Minnesota is shattered after an assault during her teen years, and she retreats into her own world as America falls apart. Hers was the last generation to grow up before the economic collapse that followed the Corona pandemic. Amidst roiling climate chaos, the government has been taken over by extremists, incompetents, and con-men who ...more
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Willow River Press
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Eileen Plath
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book takes on a very believable fictional journey that we all could find ourselves having to take. Life as we know it suddenly flipped into chaos due to political takeover. Lauren must use every ounce of her self when forced to find her estranged sister after the white supremist president's militia take over the country. Lauren's nephew is of mixed heritage which alas is what the white supremist are purging the country of. Lauren and her sister must flee to save him. Their journey finds the ...more
Jessy Akes
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good and thought provoking novel. I really loved that there was a very extensive conclusion. I like a good wrap up. I pretty much felt every emotion while reading this and although this is a novel based on very real political issues, you are able to read a story that is gripping no matter what political side you stand on. I was very invested in the main character and the journey she was on. I think this book shows the true power of kindness and empathy and working together towa ...more
Sarah Currier
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Meier's depiction of a Post-Covid/post-Trump reelection is all too real and often frightening. It reminds me of reading 1984 as a child, then realizing how much has come true today. Her details of life are realistic, from the stores and businesses barely hanging on, to the lack of decent food, to the sense of distrust of even the people closest to one. Details like feral animals, sudden television outages and a whole new attitude towards animals are unnerving. A bit heavy-handed with adjectives ...more
Valerie
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Pernell Plath Meier writes powerfully about the very real possibility of a dystopian future; not in some distant time but in the immediate now. Having fallen into a bad relationship, Lauren is trapped not only by her abuser but by a country that is crumbling while militias, and hatred, are on the rise. In Our Bones tells the story of one woman’s journey from trauma and self-centered denial of what is happening in the world around her to realization – about the world she’s living in, about the pe ...more
Anne Willow
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and unapologetic. Meier has successfully interwoven what has happened with what might come to pass if we, as a society, don't step up and save ourselves. I loved Lauren - as a character she was flawed, but never stopped trying to be better. So many of us can find ourselves in her and cheer her on through each struggle she faces.

Jamie Finn
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So very relevant.

I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I read a book from start to finish in one sitting. Relatable characters, relevant topics, the storyline keeps moving throughout. Highly recommend!
Ben Reed
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A cautionary tale for a world that could be...if the right, or wrong choices are made. In Our Bones skillfully blends the recent past, current events and gives us a glimpse into one possible future all while inserting some really clever thematic elements. This debut dystopian novel from Pernell Plath Meier did not disappoint.
Teri Kratz
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Frightening because it easily could happen.
Grady
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
People need loving the most when they deserve it the least’

Minnesota author Pernell Plath Meier earned her degrees in science (biology, anthropology, environmental studies) as an undergraduate, followed by graduate degrees in sustainable agriculture and anthropology from Iowa State University, and has worked in ten countries as well as in Kentucky where she helped farmers transition from tobacco production to local foods. Pernell is a committed environmentalist and humanist, deeply concerned abo
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Ceciia
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever thought what might happen if a U.S. President declared voter fraud and a state of emergency after an election? This dystopian thriller’s main character, Lauren, focused on survival as she experienced changes in relationships, employment, and the environment. This novel is very well researched. It was a bit disconcerting, however, to Google some of the more extreme facets of her futuristic society and discover how they were based on current events. I was particularly drawn to Lauren ...more
Tracey Hodges
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
thought provoking and intense fiction that combines current events to a future that sadly is plausible. Great work of literature and I hope to see more from this up and coming author.
LustForLit
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked on In Our Bones from the first page. The lead, Lauren, is so relatable and I'm sure many women reading the book would feel the same connection. The book is a reflection of our real and semi-current climate and expands into one of the possible futures our country may have to endure. The book explores Laurens personal life and facing similar struggles as so many women from romance, marriage and children, self-esteem and assault as well as politics, racism and extremism. This book feel ...more
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