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In a world where corporate religion decides every level of existence, Dominion Capital has slated the walled city of Pottersfield for obliteration. Those within must survive or be subsumed. While the city's wealthiest residents are lifted out, the rest are trapped behind. Their lives intersect with a certainty that only some will live to see the strange new world that bloo ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published June 12th 2009 by Lulu.com (first published June 2009)
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Jason Coffman
Jul 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
A dizzying, breathless sci-fi apocalypse thriller. Unsurprisingly, the prose is a bit more poetic than other similarly-themed novels in this genre, given that author Shaw's previously published book was a collection of poetry. It's a bit disorienting at first, and the reader may be on somewhat unsteady ground throughout, but the relentless pace is compelling and the book's brevity lends it to repeated readings.
Gentlemanvillain
Jun 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
The Desperate Ones is a story of a dystopian future, where the discarded city of Pottersfield is schedules for destruction and what the residents of that do in face of the oncoming obliteration. Rhubarb and Cora are on separate journeys for the key to their pasts, Lola drudges through the city for drugs, and Rabine and Makita attempt to subvert the destruction with a program hidden in Rhubarb's mind.

Ms. Shaw has an excellent command of the language and one of the strengths of the Desperate Ones
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An award-winning poet, she is author of The Bon-bon and Love Token, a Powell’s poetry best-seller. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her poems have been selected for awards by Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery and Charles Simic. Much of her fiction and poetry has appeared in anthologies and literary journals, including the National Gallery Publication Tiger Seen on Shaftsbury ...more