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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Review: Restoring Harmony (Anthony)

Title: Restoring Harmony
Author: Anthony
Genre: Fiction, Survival, Dystopian
Pages: 320
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

In the not so distant future of 2041, the US has been ravaged by a catastrophic economic collapse brought about by massive oil shortages.  (Something that does not seem too far out there, unfortunately).  Sixteen-year-old Molly has lived a relatively quiet life on an isolated farming island in Canada, but when her family fears the worst may have happened to her grandparents in the US, Molly must brave the dangerous, chaotic world of rampant crime and abandoned cities in order to find them.  Molly travels illegally into the US to locate her grandparents in the Portland suburb of Gresham, only to find them financially ruined and practically starving. What should’ve been a quick trip turns into a full-fledged rescue mission.

My grandparents actually live in Gresham, and have for most of my life.  I grew up visiting all the locations mentioned in this book, so it was fun to visualize the trip from Victoria through Seattle to Portland that Molly took.  I am always a fan of dystopian fiction or alternate future stories involving some sort of disaster (Hunger Games, Life as we Knew It, etc.).  This book does not disappoint!  It is riveting, fast-paced survival/adventure, with just a hint of romance.  Perfect for summer reading.  And no, I was not reading this book instead of watching a baseball game...I was completely aware of what was going on the entire time!

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