Compass Rose takes the reader 40 years in the future to a divided United States. Income inequality has become extreme and class differences have escalated. Civil war erupts. In the initial chaos, a college student in her early twenties, Emily Caring, suddenly must flee her home. The novel follows her courageous struggle to reach a refugee camp and reunite with her family, and what it means to be a leader in this new world order.
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Table of Contents
II. Emily's Story
III. Annabelle's Story
IV. Ben's Story
V. Life in the New Republic: Part I
VI. Life in the New Republic: Part II
VII. The Trial of John Caring
VIII. Winston's Story
IX. Emily's Resolution
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow, there could not be a better time for Compass Rose. Not only is this novel extremely engaging, but completely relevant with today's political tensions. I became lost in Elizabeth Austin's words - imagining myself in Emily's shoes, Annabelle's shoes, the shoes of a revolutionary. If you liked Hunger Games, have any interest in politics, or you're just looking for a new book to read, you have to read this. I am really hoping to see this come alive on the big screen!
I could not stop reading it. Great debut novel! The pacing and characters in the Compass Rose remind me of the alternate history novel “The Yiddish Policeman's Union.” “Compass Rose” clearly lacks its satirical humor. I am a person of color. “Compass Rose” immersed me in a dystopian future, producing a disturbing emotional resonance. The helplessness of a person trapped in an unforeseen world, not of her making, is similar to Okonkwo in the classic novel from colonial Africa “When Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. “Compass Rose” has, however, a hint of optimism, which is refreshing, given the real suffering of millions of refugees today. Fictional dystopian futures are the only way readers can access “the despair of the familiar” caused by the civil wars in places like Somali and Syria. Disturbing, and engrossing; I strongly recommend reading it.