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Book Review - After the Parch - Sheldon Greene

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


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.

Read a couple of chapters here

Purchase the Book here

About the Author (from Amazon)

(Picture from the authors Facebook)

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!)

Authors Website
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31 comments :

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Wow, this book sounds very, very interesting! I am intrigued by the setting, the plot, and the young characters!

Jessica said...

I have been reading a lot of dystopian society books recently. Those are really trendy right now.

Diane Estrella said...

I like dystopian novels. They give me the creeps when they hit too close to home and definitely make you think.

Masshole Mommy said...

Yup, this is another one that is right up my husband's alley. I think this might make it his way for Father's Day!

Dan from Platter Talk said...

This sounds like a book that I need to take with me on our vacation next month! Thanks for the post!

Literary Winner said...

I think placing this book in 2075 is being hopeful!

Heather Jones said...

Wow, that sounds crazy, but I suppose a lot can change in 51 years. Sounds like a good story and great writing.

Kat @ Inspiration CAN be Found Everywhere said...

This one sounds like it is right up my "alley" so I will definitely be looking into this one. Definitely sounds like it could be 1) interesting to read but 2) thought provoking

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

Oh I love books that tell about the future and a world that is strange to what we know now. I will have to check this one out.

Couponing Away Debt said...

This sounds like a really cool book. I love the future books.

Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog said...

My husband loves books that take place in the future. I am going to let him know about this one. Thanks!

Jamie F said...

This book sounds so familiar to a movie I watched not to long ago..can't remember the name though...bummer.

theroadtodomestication.com said...

Interesting! I always like various author's takes on what life will be like in the future!

becca said...

This is a new author to me i think. ok can't remember been reading to much. this definitely sounds good.

Carla WorkingMommyJournal said...

Sounds like a very intersting read (love reading novels that are set in the future!). Will be putting this on my to read list!

Rebecca Swenor said...

Sounds like a awesome read. Thanks for sharing :)

Krystal Butherus said...

thanks for the book review. it sounds interesting.

Elayna Fernandez-Bare said...

I love California as it is now, but the 2075 version sounds scary LOL

Kristy Figueroa said...

Sounds like a great summer read! Thanks for the tip.

bxcrochet said...

I love books like these into the future. Looks like a great read.

Michelle F.

Kung Phoo said...

Sounds like a really good read.. maybe a vacation read..

Sandra McCollum said...

I would love to pick this one up over the summer.

JT and Amanda said...

Sounds like a good book. Now I just need another 5 hours in the day!

Liz Mays said...

Dystopian isn't normally my thing, but this does sound interesting!

Maria said...

It's sad but I can see some of this happening. Sounds like a thrilling book.

Joanna Sormunen said...

I like dystopian novels. They are quite trendy right now also. Going to have a peek at this one...

Payal Bansal said...

I havnt read much of Destopian, but the story looks cool, I am sure the book will be soon on my bookshelf

Amanda McMahon said...

This looks like a great story - I like the line and it isn't too "unplausible" either.

Felicia Franceschelli said...

Many people who have just recently gone through a natural disaster would probably be able to relate to this book on many levels!

Sheila said...

I came across quiet a few good read book and this one looks fine. we can relate to this because we also experience drought before

Onica MommyFactor said...

How ironic that you read an article about Parch same time reading this book. Goes to show the subject and issues are something that's could happen in real life.

 
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