Tag: dystopian literature

KokkieH Reviews Firelands: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale by Piper Bayard

Firelands by Piper Bayard
Used with permission

Eighty years in the future, America has devolved into a totalitarian theocracy. The ruling Josephites clone the only seeds that grow in the post-apocalyptic climate, allowing their Prophet to control who eats and who starves.

Subsisting on the fringes, Archer risks violation and death each day as she scours the forest for game to feed her people. When a Josephite refugee seeks sanctuary in her home, Archer is driven to chance a desperate gamble. A gamble that will bring down the Prophet and deliver seeds and freedom, or end in a fiery death for herself and for everyone she loves.

Seeds are life. . . . Seeds are power. . . . Seeds are the only hope of a despairing people. What will Archer do for the seeds of freedom, and what will she justify in their name?
 – Online book description

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell revisited – Part II

In case you missed it, on Monday thebookboozer wrote a rant about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.  Yesterday I expressed my opinion on the specific points she raised for not liking the novel (to which she graciously responded).  Today I’d like to advance my theory as to why she did not enjoy the novel and propose how one should approach this novel, and really any classic novel, to get the most out of it.

I feel I have to state upfront that I wasn’t an English Lit-major.  I just read a lot and love looking things up if I don’t know them.  I love reading the classics – in eighth grade already I was reading Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle – but I’m not by any means a literary snob – in eighth grade I also read just about every Nancy Drew novel in existence at the time.  So what follows is absolutely my opinion and may be completely wrong, so please don’t quote me in your senior thesis or anything like that. Continue reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell revisited – Part II”