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Everyone absolutely believed the scientists. They were absolutely sure this time. As a result, everyone simply stopped...stopped making things, stopped working, stopped caring.
Weren't they surprised at how "the end" turned out. All but the watermelons...
This short book is a cross between sci-fi and "The Twilight Zone". It has just enough twists in it--throughout all three stories--that the reader never really knows what is in store. Just when it starts sounding like the world is being set to rights, something else starts up.
Relationships are given emphasis here, and the author does a great job showing the absurdity of ill will in the face of disaster. The protagonists simply want to get along in what seems to be the last of days, but there are those who still hold onto their prejudices. A little thinking reveals the absurdity of the latter way of thinking.
Life goes on, be it on Earth or on Mars. But do the watermelons make it? You'll have to read for yourselves.
Everyone flocked to Jerusalem hoping to be saved and the main character of the story mourns the way things were. The look into one specific neighborhood in Jerusalem was fascinating, and the idea of what would happen the day after the end of the world is looked at from a very street-view perspective, so to speak. This isn't grand heroics, only people doing what they do best--surviving.
There are three stories in this little tome and all of them tell tales of hope.
The stories brought out my love of symbolism. Whether Manber Kupfer meant for symbolism to be injected or not, I cannot say, but it struck me after finishing the collection that the question of whether there will be watermelons on Mars is akin to the idea of impossibilities and pondering whether or not they have the likelihood of coming true. No one would have ever thought that watermelons could be present on Mars, or that travel to Mars would one day come to fruition. Yet, in Manber Kupfer's stories, these ideas are given credence.
As someone who has followed the unrest in the Middle East with quite a bit of worry over what may come to pass if people continue to resist just getting along and finding ways to make peace, I found the last couple vignettes, especially, to be much more intriguing than the first couple. The idea of a Jewish man and an Arab woman falling in love and finding resistance to their relationship on all sides rang all too true, as even though this isn't heard about much, it certainly must occur sometimes, even if not often. Despite the anger stemming from both sides of their relationship, they want to find a way to move forward with their love, and the way they want to do that is to move to Mars since the end of the world is supposedly near. Despite their living in Jerusalem, as all the characters throughout the vignettes do, they don't even know if they are safe there from this potentially inevitable end, in the only place where anyone thinks God may save them, since it is the Holy Land, after all. Uncertain whether life still exists outside of Jerusalem, they find solace in the idea of moving to Mars, which is where the symbolism lies. They never thought they would be able to live a life of peace and happiness, free of the burden of people's stares and judgment, but they find that it may just be possible with this attempt at a new life.
Debbie Manber Kupfer has woven a tale that rings true in this day and age of uncertainty and hope for possibility. I recommend checking it out.
Beth Rodgers, Author of 'Freshman Fourteen,' a Young Adult Novel