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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183022
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,080 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A fifteen-year veteran of morning radio and an avid traveler, Sheila Redling currently lives in her beloved West Virginia.

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After a ridiculously normal childhood spent fighting with my siblings in the woods of West Virginia, I graduated from Georgetown University with an English degree. To my parents' chagrin, I parlayed that fine education into a series of jobs including waitress, monument tour guide, and sheepskin packer before settling in as a morning radio host in Huntington, West Virginia.

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.

Customer Reviews

Good character development and interesting storyline.
Judi Albert
The book is very good, the plot is well established and there are lots of twists and turns and discoveries that keep you interested until the very end.
I liked it and the story line was really good, my only critique is that it was too vague about what actually happened in Flowertown.

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162 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Jeromy on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I originally read Flowertown, I had chosen to start just before bedtime, thinking 3 to 5 chapters and I would be good. What followed was 16 chapters read that night. The author's choice of words, and descriptive passages, immediately pull you in to the story, and keep you there. The surrealistic landscape painted by S.G. Redling in Flowertown, is one of a martial law, media manipulation, and conspiracy. As I devoured this book, I realized that I was holding my breath at a few points, and based on my thought process, I thought I had the book figured out. I was 100% wrong. As I neared the end of the book, I was so caught up in it, that (without adding a spoiler) when Ellie, the main character that I hoped the author based on herself, has a shocking revelation, I actually had to stop reading for a moment. This twist, this surprise, is the only time in my life, that while reading a book, I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter, read forward, just to make sure that I had read the words correctly. It was too mind numbing for me to embrace, and I could truly see the intent the author had in presenting this twist, as I mimicked the actions of the main character. I eagerly await more books from this very talented author. If you have any doubt about purchasing this book, I can promise you, you will not regret it. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!
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123 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on May 20, 2012
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Every day, loads of very toxic materials travel our highways and railroads. What would happen if one of these spilled -- and permanently poisoned an entire area with all the people in it? That's the scary premise of "Flowertown." The chemical in question was supposed to be a systemic pesticide that would not only kill the targeted insect species, it would also remain in the systems of the predators that feed on that bug, so that their droppings would perpetuate the chemical in the ecosystem. Well, it did just that -- too well, because it was not only toxic to bugs, but a lot of other things as well, including people. An accidental spill released the stuff into a rural area in Iowa, where it killed most of the local population and rendered the rest so toxic that anything they shed or excrete -- such as hair, skin particles, sweat, urine, etc. -- contains the chemical. Which is why the army moved in and quarantined the area. Permanently.

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.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Uwololli on June 28, 2012
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I'm not sure how people are giving this 5 of 5 stars. I would tend to save that for much more entertaining and/or well written efforts. That being said, you aren't going to find a much better read for $5. The premise is solid, but the actual imagery is somewhat lacking. The author seems to be trying to use too many superlatives to describe things/people in the town as well as the situations they find themselves. It makes the back half of the book a little hard to read. Speaking of the ending, without any spoilers, it feels rushed and predictable. The author spends a lot of time leading up to the climax, but the resolution feels much too rushed. Maybe, a few flash-backs to the characters earlier lives would help the reader to care more about the heroine and supporting cast. Maybe starting the story pre-spill or devoting a chapter or two to the characters pre-spill lives would have helped.

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.
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102 of 120 people found the following review helpful By D Leschke VINE VOICE on May 21, 2012
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I spent a lazy Sunday reading this book and really enjoyed it.

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.
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