- File Size: 1708 KB
- Print Length: 215 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Fiona Faith Ross (May 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 7, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CP4YL0E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Far Out Kindle Edition
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But ... but there is always some semblance of hope.
Far Out is another book that takes place in a dystopian future. Problems arose from issues with genetically modified food and overpopulation where the world’s economy collapsed. Now, herbal studies is one of the great careers as the earth slowly becomes sustainable again.
Saffron is the main character. She worries about her father who seems to leave for days at a time while on a secret mission. She doesn't ask too many questions because she wants to have plausible deniability if the patrol ever finds out.
Saffron soon learns there is whole world out there that is working against the machines -- oh, I forgot to mention that machines tend to rule with humans following their whims. Man vs. machine -- another common theme found in Far Out.
The book, however, focuses on Saffron's growth. She's 17 years old and at a crossroads in life. She has spent her life taking care of her father and those around her without giving much thought to herself. It's apparent early on when she gets a dog and would sooner give the puppy the last of the food without eating anything for herself.
But like many teenagers, she suffers from rash and impulsive feelings. As Saffron realizes the world is bigger and badder than the slum she is living in, her views tend to change. Life isn't just about her anymore, but finding people who might make the world a bit brighter, including friends and lovers.
Even in a dystopian world, Saffron can find some joy as she learns about life and love through family and new friends.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Saffron, still a very young woman, has a sweet blend of strength and vulnerability. She'll need that strength, and she'll need courage and faith, too. Like all parents, Saffron's father might not always make the right choices, but he does his best for his daughter. Key characters Nate and Marianne are memorable, as is Hermione and her meat pies. I loved the references to Goonhilly, as I visited there a few years ago. I also liked the themes of natural medicine and the language of flowers: utilising the planet's generous resources in a good way.
FAR OUT addresses approaches to land use, balancing our needs with the Earth's; the need for community; the worrying uses of artificial intelligence; and where we, as human beings, should steer ourselves. What do we really want to create as our future?
Finally, it's clear the author loves writing and language. There are a few phrases I would like to have created myself!
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