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Where Futures End Hardcover – February 9, 2016
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About the Author
Parker Peevyhouse teaches part-time at a tutoring center and a K–8 school. She loves puzzles, games, and riddles of all kinds and can't pass up a chance to take in California's amazing scenery. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. Where Futures End is her debut novel.
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First, the writing, oh the writing! The words on each page just carried me away. Now, the story. It’s like peaking behind a curtain as each scene moves into another and keeps the reader questioning, what next? Is what Dylan seeing real or imaginary? Is it the product of a troubled teen mind, or a crushing desire to go back to a place where he felt loved, normal and accepted that causes him to see the things he sees and feels.
Or Brixney, a young woman who is living under dire circumstances and under the deceptive view of cameras where everyone is part of a global feed and where many jostle for attention by providing the masses with exhilarating or shocking feed in order to gain lucrative advertising contracts. That’s when something incredible happens, something that changes everything and gives the reader a clue about the reality of Dylan’s fantasies and what it means for the future. (No Spoilers here, but it is jaw dropping)
But the best part for me was the writing. It is off the chart original, and the story is one to think about as you read and reread just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
And the WRITING. On the sentence level, this is one of the best-written novels I've read in a long time. The sentences are gorgeous, but they don't call attention to themselves, and Peevyhouse is great at making each reality she explores so specific and strange and still so familiar.
Finally, as a major SF/F fan, I was so taken with how this novel managed to inhabit both genres. Science fiction AND fantasy, in a believable way? YA fiction for fans of adult-fic writers like David Mitchell, George Saunders, and Kelly Link? Don't walk, RUN to order this book. I know I did.
So with all these reservations, why am I giving this book five stars? Two reasons. First, Peevyhouse is just plain a great writer at the sentence level; her words are a pleasure to read. Second, with so much YA being predictable, formulaic, and derivative, it's exciting to find a debut novelist who tries something so new. This book doesn't fit into any of the ready-made tropes that saturate YA speculative fiction--there are no kick-butt heroines, no vampire courtesans, no mismatched, squabbling enemies-turned-lovers, no tired reworkings of classic fairy tales. Nor is there the action-packed, cliffhanger-filled plotting that's so common in YA. Instead, there's a young writer experimenting with language and story and structure in ways that give me hope for the future of YA. The experiments don't always work--but then, most experiments don't. Yet in science fiction as in science, such experiments are the very life of the field.
My favorite part by far was the characters. In each story, the author creates incredibly complex characters that I immediately cared about. Each one has challenging relationships with loved ones and friends. I would have read the story for that alone. I always wanted to know more about each story.
I definitely recommend this novel to sci-fi/fantasy fans, especially fans of stories featuring a costly moral dilemma or the end of the world.
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