The Burning of Cherry Hill Kindle Edition
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Butler manages to weave an engaging story with complex, believable characters in a world that -if the reader pays attention- makes complete sense and requires no suspension of belief. She leaves nothing in the air, no strings untied. Her writing is subtle, a great shift from the in-your-face plot devises seen in many other novels. I always advise people who are left with "Well why was it like this," or "That makes no sense, why/how could that happen?" to go back and read it again. Even the future tech (which feeds the Sci-Fi fan in me) is plausible and well researched.
The progression of the two main characters from age-appropriate kids to the strong, solid adults they are forced to become is heart-wrenching and spot on. Butler weaves one of the strongest female characters in literature this side of the year 2000.
Cherry Hill has a favored spot next to Brave New World, Oryx and Crake, The Road, and 1984. Put this on your bookshelf, it's brilliant.
I agree this is an exceptional book. Yes, it starts slow with an adolescent Zay immature, and not "prettified" narrative. He lives off the grid with his parents and sister Lina decades in the future. He has no idea of the grid as an entity. He is ignorant of the purpose of his community. When their island is found and destroyed, he and his sister are take away and told everyone else is dead.
One of my favorite quotes, "There is no limit to the damage a billion contented people can do." The world is 1984 in luxury world. Everyone eats exactly to his or her needs. Goods are plentiful and fairly divided. The air is clean. Medicine is free and excellent. But this is a dystopian YA novel and the sentinels have that ominous air. Just as you are lulled by Zay's feisty but empty reaction, he recognizes the universal surveillance and the book begins to burn.
I am convinced that the "crunchy" language of nature's son is vital to the evolution of this story. The themes in the plot are, like the best of science fiction, close enough to our world to give me the total creeps. I mean really, why don't we care that we are eminently trackable, and tracked, daily. Just saying, and so is this author. I ended up liking Lina best since she starts as little sister and grows into her own right without much fuss on the subject. The writing, as I said, can be awkward. There is a tulip signifying the natural world growing from the flames that doesn't really work. But the writing is still enjoyable, and the author makes the points that are intended.
I like to find new writers, it the market is literally flooded, so these awards have offered a great opportunities to meet some freshmen efforts. This one has the feeling of the start of a fine journey as this writer continues to grow. This book, however, is a great start all on its own.