Book Review – After the Parch by Sheldon Greene
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. 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.
About the Author:
Sheldon Greene is a partner in the three lawyer San Francisco law firm of Greene & Allison. The firm works with over 40 credit unions on the West Coast. He is also Executive Vice President and Director of Oak Creek Energy Systems, Inc. a Southern California wind energy operator and development company that is responsible for the consummation of the largest ever wind energy power purchase agreement; 1550 MW to deliver energy to Southern California Edison. Oak Creek is a subsidiary of Marubeni, a multi-national Japanese trading company. He is a member of the advisory board of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve Univ. School of Engineering.
I love dystopian and apocolyptic adventures and this one is no different. There is so much turmoil and if you are not able to be a productive member of society – you can no longer exist. The story really draws the reader in – grabbing their attention and maintaining it very well. I didn’t feel as attached to the characters as I would have liked. I have read so many dystopian novels and this one has some similar references. The story line is a decent one with a good backbone. Some characters were not fully developed so it was not possible to connect to them emotionally. All in all it was a good story and I am happy to have read it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.