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This book brings forth an utterly nightmarish vision of California and the USA in 2027 but one with an almost shockingly firm grounding in reality Los Angeles has devolved into walled island neighborhoods in a sea of utter chaos and collapse Everything we take for granted today comes with a price No-one is to be trusted Everyday violence is a way of life Slavery is returning In one of the gated communities a small unlikely collection of residents tries to keep neighborly order Lauren a young woman in that neighborhood has the gift and curse of hyperempathy feeling other peoples pleasures and pain and can see the day when the encroaching chaos will crush her safe little village When that day finally comes the world that erupts into her life is frightening Lauren envisioning a hopeful new religion she calls Earthseed goes on a journey north seeking security The book is steeped in her own vision as well as biblical references This future is almost too dark to contemplate and Butler perhaps has gone to unecessary lengths to express that darkness Though I felt the characters pretty much ended up where they started there is however a vague hopeful tone to the end of the nightmare Butler treads on west-coast post-apocalyptic ground covered previously by Kim Stanley Robinson but brings home a more memorably realistic and often riveting account of the future BibliographySAD
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