There were parts of this book that I enjoyed and parts that I wanted to enjoy But didn t I enjoyed reading about the compound and the people and personalities that kept the place running But that might just be the prepper in me There were parts of the plot that I could have done without, for instance, the one night standwas it crucial to the plot But, I m sure the author had a plan So little things kept me from enjoying the book , but overall, it wasn t a bad read.
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The writing was decent and the third star is for grammar and vocabulary, which was good The problem was with the formatting and hopefully the edited finished version will correct this the hyphen split words at the end of a line were done weirdly and it distracted my eye Like slaughtered at the end of a line of text was split as SLAUGHTE RED and however was HOWE VER JUST NO There wasn t much actual apocalypse or dystopia, so that was disappointing just hints and teases of this or that happening in the real world This was a rich 1% commune for the Haves, who completely lacked self awareness in their privileged l
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Climate change has been something I ve been trying to keep in mind in my daily life and to take action accordingly where I can, but it s not something I ve really seen in fiction before, hence why I requested this book.
Marlo I assume her name is a portmanteau of both her parents names has grown up on an exclusive commune type community for the wealthy hoping to survive when the effects of climate change strike The book follows her development as she struggles with wanting to leave, alongside her loyalty to the ranch and her family.
Sloley goes to great lengths to try to make us see Marlo as distinct from the other ranch The World Dies, A Woman Must Choose Between Her Own Survival And That Of Humankind Raised In A Privileged Community Of Wealthy Survivalists On An Idyllic, Self Sustaining Oregon Ranch, Marlo Has Always Been Insulated The Outside World, Which The Ranchers Call The Disaster, Is A Casualty Of Ravaging Climate Change, A Troubled Landscape On The Brink Of Catastrophe For As Long As Marlo Can Remember, The Unknown That Lies Beyond The Borders Of Her Utopia ß read Ð Disasters Children by Emma Sloley Ù Has Been A Curious Obsession But Just As She Plans Her Escape Into The Chaos Of The Real World, A Charismatic New Resident Gives Her A Compelling Reason To Stay And, Soon Enough, A Reason To Doubt And To Fear His IntentionsNow, Feeling And Trapped In A Paradise That S Become A Prison, Marlo Has A Choice Stay In The Only Home She S Ever Known Or Break Away, Taking Its Secrets Of Survival With HerSet In A Chillingly Possible, Very Near Future, Disaster S Children Is A Provocative Debut Novel About Holding On To What We Know And Letting Go Of It For The Unknown And The Unknowable
Beautiful prose from a talented author, with well defined characters, distinct and memorable My Kindle is full of passages I highlighted for the insights, imagery, extraordinary ideas, and rich details I love the way the world outside one microscosm of humanity, modeled in part after an ecovillage with intentional communities and committees voting on whether to allow new members in, but curiously isolated and insulated from the outside, even while taking advantage of forays to the outside for supplies, because the community is not entirely self sustaining The visionary founders have created a sort of Utopia, a beautiful place, sheltered from the rest of the world, which they refer to as The Disaster, which is darkly comic And acrimonious.
The story unfolds gradually, vividly, did I mention with rich detail Lots and lots of rich detail , and in sp · Disasters Children · I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do As the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.
Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated The outside world, which the ranchers call the Disaster, is a casualty of ravaging climate change, a troubled landscape on the brink of catastrophe For as long as Marlo can remember, the unknown that lies beyond the borders of her utopia has been a curious obsession But just as she plans her escape into the chaos of th In Disaster s Children, decades of environmental neglect is finally catching up with humanity Coastal cities are underwater, displacing millions, turning even American citizens into refugees Crops are failing, threatening the food supply of nations around the globe The world is on an inexorable march toward ruin, and only the wealthy have the means to delay the inevitable On a sprawling ranch in Oregon, families with deep pockets prepare for the end They wall themselves off from the rest of society Into this affluent, survivalist compound comes a poor young man Unable to make the exorbitant investment required of all new members, the ranchers reject him But one family, with mysterious ties to the newcomer, vouches for him and covers the cost of entry He befriends their daughter, Marlo, and a romance blooms Marlo has never lived Marlo s adoptive parents, Maya and Carlton, co founded The Ranch as a co operative enclave for liberal 1%ers in the endtimes 5 yrs old on arrival 20 years ago, lone denizen in her age range since the dramatic departure of her childhood friends Alex and Ben who ve forsaken the Ranch and their parents in order to rescue the outside world, aptly known as the Disaster We don t really get to know other ranchers in depth, this story is Marlo s inner struggle as she matures and craves her own independence Actual stories in the news so vividly support Emma Sloley s vision of environmental, geo political, and global breakdown and upheaval in Disaster s Children it is breathtaking Cynical yet sweet, Marlo is understandably a very young 25, sometimes skipping and constantly referencing her parents There is a running theme of Marlo doubting her own authenticity, I found Disaster s Children riveting It s the first book in quite a while that I have read in one stretch, devouring it over a long summer s day, pausing only to make a sandwich and take it back to the couch I fell in a bit in love with Marlo, Sloley s main character Sheltered yes, but asking so many questions of herself, good questions, that so many of us are asking, even if our choices are not as stark as a gated community versus the outside world I enjoyed Marlo s self consciousness and uncertainties, her lust for life or at least her idea of life, her honesty, and her naive courage And I enjoyed the ambiguity in the portrayal of Wolf, with whom she is falling in love is he or isn t he what he seems I enjoyed the way Sloley has our devastat