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This book was... strange. Not a bad strange though. Just a... different strange. Think a variation of Brave New World.
So I didn't know this was part of a series when I first started reading it. So while I was reading it, I was thinking "where's the world-building?!" because there was pretty much nada in the whole book (there was... 2 chapters I believe). Buuuuut, now that I know that, I think I can reasonably assume there is some world-building in the other 2 books.
Back to the book. I really loved Lawrence and Maria's relationship in comparison with the other people. Like in Brave New World, "everyone belongs to everyone else" therefore there are no true marriages. But Lawrence and Maria were as good as married. They were totally committed to each other. Basically the entire book was centered around Lawrence and Maria finding each other. Somewhat. Which brings me to my next point.
The biggest reason I rated this 3.5 stars is because there didn't seem to be a main plot. There were plenty of co and sub plots but there wasn't a dominant one. Now some people may like this kind of thing. Me? I find it hard to focus on the book then and it isn't as intense for me. So there's that.
The other reason is the flow was kind of... I don't know... off? There was a bunch of jumping backward and forward in time which sometimes made sense and sometimes didn't. The one time change I enjoyed was when it would switch back to the lecture hall scene after or before an important scene in the 'present'. This gave a lot of meaning to the book and made a lot of things about their society and just about the book's message clearer.Read more ›
This one picks up just after the farm is destroyed in Farmers and Cannibals. The action of the story opens up with Lawrence, who was outside the farm when it was destroyed. He assumes his girlfriend Maria is dead and is in despair. The rest of the story follows his search for her.
Structurally, this is the most complex of James-Olson's novels so far. The action travels forward and backward in time, not just in the lives of the protagonists, but far into the future as well. The good news is that the time shifts are easy to keep track of. The chapter titles and a little bit of careful reading are all it takes to keep up with it.
The way he laid out the chapters was neat. Except for the middle chapter, the first chapter, and the final chapter, all of the chapters in the book are either paired, or in four parts (I only noticed this because I checked out the table of contents and thought that it was weird how each chapter had a part 1, 2, etc.). The order of the chapters in the second half, perfectly mirrors those in the first half. I know it's dweeby, but I thought this was cool.
Similar to But the Angels Never Came, James-Olson explores the concept of storytelling and how stories are used to form morality. One of the sections follows a futuristic religious leader who uses the story as a sermon. In another section, a futuristic history professor uses the story as the subject of a lecture. And then of course there is Abraham. And just like in the other two novels, he uses stories to get what he wants.
The majority of the novel is told through a limited omniscient narrator who follows Lawrence.Read more ›
Overall, I would defiantly recommend this book to others. It is not very long and can be read in a few hours. I read it on a 4 hour plane ride, which was great because it made the ride go by fast. The book has lots of twist and turns which keep you on the edge of your seat. I hope the series isn’t over just yet. Do yourself a favor and read the book!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've enjoyed the story of Maria and Lawrence in previous books, so I was excited to see that this book was mostly about them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cyndi
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Reese
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was an extremely hard story to objectify and put into words. Read more
Just after the fall
I read this book on my kindle and it was ok. there is nothing to learn from it and I doubt it reflects any thing from the future. It is easy reading.
I really loved the commitment and undying love between Lawrence and Maria. I love a true love story with pure commitment and not letting anything get in their way to be reunited. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by KC