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Flowertown Paperback – June 19, 2012
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I tend to stroll blithely into strange situations and take adolescent pride in surviving them. Some of my favorites: jumping from an airplane (recommended), jumping from a moving train in Hungary (not recommended), getting lost in the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, and being locked in a dining car on a midnight train through the Carpathians; and winning a heated argument over the schematics of the Battlestar Galactica.
These days, I spend a lot of time in pajamas and--for reasons too complicated to explain--I am no longer shocked to find wildlife in my house. For me, everything is a story and the story is everything. Getting to tell my stories? Greatest thing ever.
Top Customer Reviews
It's now seven years later, and "Flowertown," as the PennCo Containment Area is euphemistically called, has become a dystopian militarized zone that is isolated from the rest of the world, a place where it is legal to sell pot, but you can be thrown in jail for littering. To make things even worse, the infrastructure is breaking down, with fewer supplies coming in, water and power systems that don't work half the time, very bad TV and Internet access, and a population that is steeped in cynicism and apathy. Among the latter is Ellie Cauley, who used to be a high-power executive before she got trapped in Flowertown while visiting her boyfriend's family at the same time as the spill.Read more ›
Maybe the intent was to leave the reader wanting more so another installment could be written. Whatever the case may be, pick this up for $5 and read it over the weekend. You'll be glad you did.
The idea of a community being quarantined and isolated from the rest of the world by a chemical accident wasn't too far-fetched to identify with.
Corporate greed and power turns the lives of the survivors into lives that lack hope and promise, unable to leave with many cut off from their loved ones.
Those who survived the initial accident are subjected to ongoing treatment that kills many and makes everyone strong enough to survive miserable.
As the story evolves and you get to know the characters, many of the "conditions" they deal with become suspicious and theories are formed by some of the survivors.
Some of the locals discover that every bit of news available to the residents of Flowertown is filtered and often altered to keep them in line.
When the Army disappears and the only enforcers remaining are employees of the company responsible for the accident, many suspect a conspiracy. By the time the main characters discover there really is an underground group of people in Flowertown, everyone is in danger and many are unsure who to trust.
Near the end of the book, when Ellie learns just how much she's been deceived, the author did an excellent job surprising the readers.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This novel was well written. It is sort of a mystery with explicitly drawn characters. Pretty spooky about what careless science could do.Published 5 days ago by H. P. Woodley
The beginning of book was a little hard to get into and I found it difficult to stay with it. Once I could understand the lay of the land I was interested in finding out what the... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Gail W
I could not put this book down, every time I had to stop reading to sleep or go to work, I couldn't wait until I could pick it up again. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Domonique E. Burke
I have highly praised and reread Redling's books about Dani Britton so I approached Flowertown eagerly. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Stephen R. Lyne
This is a great read! New and different from most stories, would read again and again!Published 18 days ago by Katrina Hale
Ellie is a disaffected woman trapped in a small town in Iowa that's been locked down and cut off from the outside world for many years, due to a chemical spill. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J.Bird
I loved this book. Enjoyed the characters; they were real full of heroes. You must read to understand. Simple. Made me understand the situation and cheer for the people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nanette Joiner
I really wanted another book about Dani, but I settled for this. I love the way she writes, her charcters and stories grab me and I just can't put them down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mimi