This dystopian novel takes place in the not too distant future. California is dried up, parched. Earthquakes have done a lot of damage. The people who are left live in enclaves tending to stay by themselves or live in what is left of the large cities, most of them in total poverty. California is no longer part of the United States and what government it has--well there is one big business--
This is the story of a young man who was brought up in a remote location. His group really only believes in nature and teaches that strangers are bad. Then the 'big Business' decides they want to take over the land lived on by this group. This Shepard must leave his home and travel clear across the state to apply, pay for and receive the land rights for his people. Along the way he meets some good people and so not so good people. He finds that maybe not everything he was brought up to believe is correct and that there is more to the world then his safe home.
Just as I was about to start today--I noticed an article in passing--part of our country is Parched!
About the Book (from Amazon)
It’s 2075. California is nothing like we know it. The USA has broken up and California has become an independent refuge dominated by a single omnipotent corporation. Eighteen-year-old Bran, a shepherd, is given a mission to traverse the California republic in ten days, in order to save his rural community from forfeiting its land.
On the way, he teams up with a seventeen-year-old girl who has the skills and prowess of a warrior, an eleven-year-old wild boy with uncanny survival skills, and a wandering musician with a secret revolutionary agenda.
After the Parch is a fast-paced, vivid, dystopian fantasy with a chilling resemblance to the way we are, and a vision of what we might become. It’s a well-crafted story and the plot flows naturally from one crisis to another, with three-dimensional characters right up to the taut and positive climax.
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About the Author (from Amazon)
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Sheldon Greene has been called “a born storyteller” by the Los Angeles Times for his book Lost and Found (Random House). This is his fifth novel. “I felt the need to describe our country as what it might become if we continue on the current trajectory.” He is a lawyer and an executive in a wind energy development company, and has a background of high impact public interest litigation in health care, labor law, land policy, and immigration. He also sings in the Oakland Symphony Chorus and serves on several boards. (for much more about this author visit his website!)
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