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Peace Out (The Futures Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Physical descriptions of the characters don't matter as much in this world as they do in ours. I don't know why that doesn't bother me, but it doesn't. Maybe because when I read, I don't visualize the action mentally as it happens. I have a sense that the individuals in this society don't matter very much either. They are a means to an end--a way to accomplish the goals of the society.
Also, the author's choice to include an epilogue that tells us of the fate of each character was an unexpected bonus. I might have thought that the characters would be seen again in later parts of the trilogy, but they weren't. I debated whether to review each book individually or not, but in the end, decided to do so. Character and plot wise, the three books each stand alone. But to get a clear and detailed understanding of the society Whitley was describing, you have to read them all, preferably in order. I'm not sure why reading them in order did help me see it more clearly, but after reading them in order, things that had bothered me in later episodes made more sense.
I wish this trilogy had been traditionally published. I would have loved to see a public reaction to it. Would it have caught on like The Hunger Games? I'd be really curious to see.
This debate has been (and will continue) to rage into the future and with our technology as it is today, it is more possible than ever before. Large, organized "peace out" facilities that would make Dr. Kevorkian proud!
This story also touched on the social issues of class, haves versus have-nots, family dynamics, relationships (I didn't quite like Anna & Scott's dynamic, but that's okay), all magnified within this future peace out society. In fact, just the idea of "Pledge 70" is startling and wide open for debate; the seeds of manipulation and exploitation obvious from the start......wow!
I need to get one of my friends to read this so we can have a lively and spirited discussion. Damn good book!
I also was left with the impression that the writer has a bit of a political agenda, especially with reference to Basic Living and "enablers"...
In a sci-fi vein it presents what we might view as a balanced approach to the assisted-suicide theme. Some of the warts of both sides are presented for view. Still the book never gets "heavy", and there is no effort to terrorize the reader or demonize the sides. From my own strongly "respect life" side, I found the end rather uncomfortably close to saying, "well, at least there may be a right way to work this".
As a writing critique, there was one chapter I had to read at least 3 paragraphs before I was in tune with who was doing what, and with which, and to whom, but that was isolated.
So, if you have a few hours, it's an enjoyable read about an important theme.
Whitley offers an unbiased perspective (overall) on this controversial topic by gently forcing the reader to analyze the subject matter through four distinct storylines, which take place in a future America where assisted suicide clinics are the norm. To some this may sound frightening. To others, dreamy. No matter your stance, this book will make you think twice. Will you Peace Out? Read this book, and let the debate, er, discussion begin!