Published by Self published on Aug 22, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Format: eBook from Author
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Serve Your Country, Conserve Your Water, Observe Your Neighbor.
This is the slogan of the Sustainability Unit and of a country gone eco-hysterical. After nearly twelve months without rain and the hinges of the world barely still oiled, Thomas and his younger brother, Dustin, set out across a drought-ridden landscape in search of answers. What they discover along the way will change their lives, and their country, forever.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a dark, almost depressing dystopian. Thomas, his little brother Dustin, and his almost girlfriend Jerusha head out on a journey across the country in the hopes of finding their parents. In a country of severe drought, the dangers and secrets are more than just threats.
The story is told in an alternating pattern between the narration starring Thomas and Dustin, and poems written by their mother. I found this a little disjointed since it kept pulling me out of the story. I’m not a big poetry fan, so this likely contributed to my experience, but I found the poems didn’t add anything to the story.
I found Thomas’ inner dialogue to be quite realistic. He struggles with guilt and self doubt, about what’s happened in the past, and his ability to look after his brother. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much Thomas worries, and how badly he wants things to be okay for Dustin. There is a definite love and parental feeling that comes through and resonates with me as a parent. I doubt most teens would understand his thoughts, but it does contribute something important to older readers.
Overall, this was an interesting and quick read. It has a serious feel to it, that echos through the landscape, people and situations. I wouldn’t suggest picking this up if you’re looking for light reading, but there is definitely a good story inside, even though it is on the darker side.