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- Publisher: AVIVA New York; 1 edition (March 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 31, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JEHMSAA
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Ohio 2029: Utopia Has Never Been So Wrong Kindle Edition
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Which brings us to his latest, and VERY timely novel, OHIO 2029. Winstead opens his book very cleverly (and poignantly) with a June 21, 2015 telephone conversation concerning world market crashes from a night shift person after hours to U.S. Treasury Secretary Tom Donnelly who states, "This is not just about jumpy markets. You have to know that we're dangerously overextended; we've printed too much money. Investors will cut and run if they see this kind of turmoil in Asia and Europe." From that terrifying takeoff point Winstead delivers the gradual collapse of the US economic scene through a series of News Flashes that run from 2015 to 2019 showing the gradual but inevitable schism between the Red States and the Blue States. Example: `DECEMBER 21, 2015-- AP NEWS FLASH Treasury Secretary Admits to Black Crash Involvement in Widespread Conspiracy; Expected to Name Others Former Treasury Secretary Donnelly is expected to do time for his involvement in the cover-up following the Black Crash. With other conspirators expecting to be indicted within the week, including senior-ranking government officials and major Wall Street players, Washington insiders are speculating this one may be too big for the mainstream media to bury. In other news... President Obama's absence has raised already high expectations that 2016 will be a devastating blow to the Democrat Party. Even though the Black Crash conspiracy has not yet reached the President's desk, the fallout is expected to devastate the party's Congressional and gubernatorial leadership. The emperor may still have his dynasty, but he has no clothes.' It is this kind of immediate impact in Winstead's writing that makes his novel so significant, bearing proximity more to truth than to fiction.
Fifteen years later the world is in chaos and the Southern Red States seized power in the U.S. Government and set up reform zones in the United States, singling out Ohio in order to punish states in disagreement with their past policies. In charge of the reform zones is Georgia Senator Ted Marshall who has grown bitter about the past and what led to the demise of America's greatness. The schism affects not only the political parties but also the families and relationships: Marshall moved his family to Cincinnati, broke relations with past close friends the Garners who had also escaped to Ohio - and a symbol of the personal aspect of the governmental collapse is best viewed from the vantage of both family's children and their developing love pattern. Yet the situation grows more intense as Cincinnati has been taken over by an angry, violent warlord. In time the US is a new and dark place. Led by a coalition of conservative Southern states credited for forging the greatest economic recovery in our nation's history, the national economy is strong again. New laws have minimalized Washington's power and placed progressive troublemakers in ghetto-like reform zones. Still, most Americans remain unwilling to forgive and forget except for the children/now lovers of the Marshalls and Garners and a personal and critical crack in the novel's tale is molded by a threatened love story that intensifies the dystopian climate of this story.
Winstead cleverly allows compassion, forgiveness, and reorientation that make his novel so very different form the now very popular films and stories about the ultimate destruction of America. Yet he des this with such sensitivity and pathos that makes reflection of the story after reading the book more a topic we all should carefully consider. THAT is the gift he brings to this novel - along with the myriad other fine qualities that have made him such a respected author. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 14
In a sense it can definitely be classified as a dystopian novel, but it is scarier than most. While reading this book I could feel this as being a VERY real possibility for our country. I would like to think that things would never go this far, but it is hard to define a VERY real divide in America between the two major political parties.
Starting with an intro from 2015 that features an economic implosion that makes the last major crash look tame in comparison. The timeline then moves on with short snippets and news headlines, the reader is caught up to the future. The public has completely rejected the Democratic Party with the crash happening during Obama’s time in office. The Republican Party has now been lifted up as saviors, disbanding big government and sectioning it out to different states. However, there is still a lot of anger and rebuilding that must take place.
Rioting occurring in many states leads to those locations being partitioned off as zones, and as things get worse, marshal law is brought into the zones for order. To teach the country a lesson and to move forward, any openly affiliated Democrat is then moved to within reach or even put inside of the zones for punishment. The theory is that if they want to live in a state of being supported by the government and in a state of sharing all that they have, then they can do so within those zone. In the meantime the rest of the country will move on with life and rebuild in a stronger and smarter way, albeit more carefully and strictly with many freedoms American’s have known unable to be given back at this time.
In the middle of all of the chaos the story follows the lives of two families. One is a red state senator’s daughter named Mary Catherine Marshall and the other the boy who used to live next door Maddie Garner. Maddie’s family was relocated to the dirtiest and most violent reform zone in Cincinnati, Ohio. In a way this is a modern political party Romeo and Juliet, but it is so much deeper than that.
Winstead has created a world that is scary to think about and one I hope we never come close to. With so much hate and fear in this world today, it is easy to see how a novel of this caliber could take hold within our hearts. The scenes came alive before my eyes in a desperate manner of living for many. The people were real and easy to connect, root for, and abhor.
I give this book 5/5 stars. Definitely something I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own, but I would have missed out on some wondrous storytelling, strewn from the heart of our country’s security fears. Winstead translated these fears and bleak outcomes in brilliance. If you are into futuristic novels, sci-fi, political thrillers, romance, dystopian, fiction, suspense, etc., you should definitely pick this one up.
*I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for a fair and honest review.