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The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
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Jun 19, 2011

really liked it
Read from June 19 to July 03, 2011

This was a great character driven coming of age type story. The main character is a teenager named Sebastian who lives with his grandmother is a geodesic dome in Iowa. Sebastian's parents died when he was young and his intelligent, but very quirky, grandmother became his guardian and raises him in the literal shelter of the dome and the figurative shelter of outside influences. The outside world finds Sebastian when his grandmother suffers a stroke while a woman (Janice Whitcomb) and her angst filled punk rock teenage son (Jared) are visiting the dome (they give tours of the dome for a small fee to cover expenses and spread his grandmother's quirky ideas). They take his grandmother to the hospital and Sebastian is introduced to soda and punk rock music. During his grandmother's recover he has freedom to explore the outside world. His guide to the outside world is primarily Jared and his punk rock views on the world. Jared had a heart transplant and is fragile in every way but attitude. This is a huge juxtaposition to the sheltered futurist theories of his grandmother. Sebastian also meets, and becomes interested in, Jared's sister Meredith.

The book took me back to my own time as a teenager and trying to figure out where I fit in the world. Teenagers get advice from a multitude of sources and must process what they believe and what they accept. Sebastian only had one view until his grandmother's stroke and the reader gets to watch him explore and accept or disregard the information he receives. The other characters are also very well developed and have their own problems trying to decide who they are and what they are ultimately going to accept as their own personality and beliefs about the world. It made for a very engaging story.
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