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Swarm by [Lauren Carter]

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Imbued with dark lyricism and a disturbingly credible view of the end of the world, Carter’s debut sifts through the lives of people existing on an isolated island, grappling just to survive a time of enormous social upheaval and change. Cassandra “Sandy” Burch-Bailey fled her crumbling city just before the power finally went out and plunged it into a mire of chaos and crime. Her practical, hard-eyed boyfriend, Marvin, and the elderly, ill Thomson are her only companions—until Sandy notices missing food and tiny footprints in the garden. Convinced a wild child is also on the island and stealing their food for sustenance, Sandy begins to narrate her story to what she envisions is a little girl while also putting out plates of their very meager food supply. Creating a quite convincing view of how our economic system and social conveniences might dissolve, the story is carried by strong, descriptive writing by poet Carter, further impelled by the sense of mystery around the feral girl and wonderment over what will become of the characters. A somberly melodic, literary foray into the current dystopian trend. --Julie Trevelyan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


" of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come." - The Toronto Star

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DCB635A
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Brindle & Glass (September 17, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 17, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1610 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 290 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Lauren Carter is the author of Swarm, a post-apocalyptic literary novel listed by CBC Radio as one of the Top 40 books that could change Canada, and described by Booklist as being "imbued with dark lyricism and a disturbingly credible view of the end of the world," and Lichen Bright, a poetry collection. Her second novel will be published in 2019, as will Following Sea, her next poetry collection. She lives near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where she's at work on a third novel, a collection of short fiction, and another poetry collection, while also mentoring and teaching writers. She blogs about her own creative process at, which The Write Life named one of the Top 100 Websites for Writers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it time to Swarm?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it time to Swarm?
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on September 20, 2015
Lauren Carter's Swarm was a commentary to me on how an average, passive young woman can be pulled into anarchy and violence by just not acting on her own beliefs or values. Sandy is pulled and pushed by Martin but lead and loved by Tomson. She is used and abused, really, all in a sea of grey until she herself accepts responsibility for her own life and actions. The two worlds of Sandy - past and present - mirror her downfall and growth as the bee-keeper and father figure Tomson remains steadfast and willing to teach, guide and support. Bees alone cannot survive. They and we each have our own part to play but it is always in connection or relationship with others. Anarchy is based on individuals acting out against oppression but often based on a reverse oppression of their own - willing to sacrifice many to teach a few. Even on the island, Marvin is willing to sacrifice the well-being of the mystery girl to ensure his own survival. His beliefs and values do not align with Sandy's. Only when Sandy reaches into her own well of being does she rise above this and become the leader and guide, influencing Martin's choices and building her own "hive" as a new society struggles to re-invent themselves. I liked this book on many levels and feel I could learn even more by re-reading. It was a challenging read and one I did all in one day. It is a great commentary on where we, as citizens of earth, are standing right now. It makes the reader think about the age-old question: Can I make a difference? Is it time to swarm?
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