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Flowertown Paperback – June 19, 2012
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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
Was good and tense from start to finish. Kind of slow at the start but farther you get the more it speeds up. To the point you can't stop reading waiting to see what happens next. Read morePublished 15 days ago by L. Burleson
Great story! I read this in a couple of days. Ellie ,Guy & Bing. What a trio. Great character development & lots of action. Read morePublished 29 days ago by starrynite
I enjoyed this book as if I were an 18 year old kid again. The emotions of the people remind me of the highs and lows of teens lives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Malissa L.
This book had a bit of a slow start but the suspense and mystery built up very well. Good plot twists.Published 1 month ago by L. M. FLAHIVE
Good fiction. The story kept you on your toes. What could have been shocking was all part of this fast paced book. And you will never guess the ending. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nannoo247
S G Redding has written totally original stories. I do not often find such amazing ideas and excellent writing after 67 years of reading. Redding is just amazing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary V. Welter
Engaging plot. Rather unique storyline. Enjoyed it. Characters could have been more developed, but the fast pacing of the story drew me in regardless. All in all a fun read.Published 1 month ago by Sharon
I can't think of a single thing I did not like about this book! All the way to the last word.Published 1 month ago by sarahmatty