Blake's world consists of an aging McMansion on the island of Coral Heights. Formerly a luxurious golf-oriented "resort community" in sunny Florida, sea level rise and the breakdown of American society have turned the subdivision into a swampy, isolated isle where a former military general-turned-arms trader has taken control... and the horizon doesn't extend beyond the submerged Interstate's next exit. Blake spends his days clandestinely reading books, watching the boats come and go from the roof of the old Wal-Mart, helping his mentally ill mother farm their backyard garden, and dreaming of a world beyond Coral Heights. When Blake collides with a mysterious woman under pursuit, he makes a split-second decision to help reach to her sailboat and escape his island... and embarks upon the adventure of his life.
|Publisher:||Holly Jean Buck|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)|
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This is a great book. The central characters are very well-developed, and the post-petroleum landscape is vividly detailed. Without slowing down or lapsing into pedantry, this novel entertains while surreptitiously informing and educating the reader about the potential result which a blind disregard for the end of oil and the causes of climate change could bring to America. It follows along the same genre-line as McCarthy¿s ¿The Road¿ or Atwood¿s ¿Oryx and Crake¿, but unlike these books it is brings a realistic and hopeful brightness along with it that the good of humanity can survive hard times and economic evolution. The positive perspective the book brings in this regard couldn¿t be more timely. Definitely an enjoyable and worthwhile read for audiences ranging from teenagers to grandparents.