Category : Dystopian

Ring Around the Rosy by W. B. Cushman

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Ring Around the Rosy is a  Dystopian YA adventure by W. B. Cushman.

 

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The sun has broken through the inevitable hole in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the only survivors are those underground during the event. Seven young people, led by a girl in a wheelchair, her nerdy high school attendant, and a boy with Down Syndrome, meet in the ruins of a private school in their hometown of Marion, Massachusetts. One finds a portable radio in a ruined basement, and the group hears the plea of the one station still broadcasting. “Please come to Rockport.” So begins a journey across the length of the state, in hopes of finding the one parent who may still be alive.




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Author Buddy Cushman pictureRosy is in her wheelchair, Matt is her nerdy attendant for the summer, Home Slice has Down Syndrome. They are underground in an aquarium when the sun burns through the Earth’s atmosphere and cooks the entire, 24-hour rolling planet. They make their way to the burned surface, miraculously find a way to keep Rosy’s chair charged and, after discovering their families and homes and everything they knew is gone, find their way to the ruins of a school in their hometown of Marion, Massachusetts. There they meet up with four younger boys, and when one of them discovers a still working portable radio in the ruins of a basement the group scans the dial and finds just one station still broadcasting – WANN in Rockport. That leads the group of seven on a journey across the state, and along the way they are joined by a family hiding in the underground Tube, and later, an alcoholic scientist who has given up on life. It’s just possible, they all come to believe, that one parent remains alive – in Rockport. This is a story of hope in a seemingly hopeless world, and faith – faith in each other, and , eventually, faith in miracles.

(W. B. Cushman, January 2017)

 

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Flight of the Owl by Donna Dechen Birdwell

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Flight of the Owl is the 3rd volume of the Recall Chronicles by Donna Dechen Birdwell.

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Civilization has collapsed. A pandemic has wiped out most of humanity. In the spring of 2127, Jonathan Swain—a backslid Buddhist monk and fugitive filmmaker—sets out in search of his grandfather’s archives, determined to discover the truth about the old man’s role in the disastrous world that was. Accompanied by a Hopi artist and a genius fifteen-year-old with a sketchy past, Jonathan’s quest takes him first to Dallas, Texas, and then to Costa Rica, where he learns that the future of humankind may depend on what he finds.




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author-donna-birdwell-pictureFlight of the Owl is the third—but not final—installment of the Recall Chronicles. (There are reasons why I didn’t want to call it a trilogy!) The main character here is Jenda’s brother Jonathan. We met him in Way of the Serpent, where we learned that he was on the lam from the corporate police because of a flick he’d made that offended the plutocracy. This book picks up about six months after the conclusion of Volume I and I don’t think it will be too much of a spoiler to admit it’s straight-up post apocalyptic. The story hinges on Jonathan’s determination to discover the role his grandfather played in the establishment of plutocratic rule. He returns to the old family estate in Costa Rica to investigate, while mulling over the missteps of his own life in the context of the demise of human civilization. What he uncovers is not what he expected.

The “owl” theme emerges in several ways. Jonathan’s Hopi companion, Dextra, still heeds her grandmother’s admonitions about owls as bearers of news (sometimes good, sometimes bad). And we learn that Jonathan’s troublesome flick was based on a Hindu legend about snake beings called “nagas” and their nemesis “garudas”, creatures ostensibly linked to the Eurasian eagle-owl. There are other references, but I don’t want to spoil the story! The “Recall” theme comes full circle in this one.

(Donna Dechen Birdwell, October 2016)

 

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Way of the Serpent

 Shadow of the Hare

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Shadow of the Hare by Donna Dechen Birdwell

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Shadow of the Hare is the 2nd volume of the Recall Chronicles by Donna Dechen Birdwell.

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Malia is a stubbornly dissident author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. She remembers how things changed through the 21st century, but after fifty years of self-imposed exile, she returns to a world far more terrifying than the one she fled. In Dallas, Nigeria, and India she doggedly pursues the truth her heart demands.




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author-donna-birdwell-pictureOnce I’d told Jenda’s story, I knew there were other stories to be told about this world I’d built. Shadow of the Hare begins with the same scene as chapter one of Way of the Serpent, but told through the eyes of the old woman, Malia Poole. Malia’s memories are imperfect but far more intact than Jenda’s, so Malia is able to take the reader back through the closing years of the 21st century and into a deeper understanding of the world as it came to be in the 22nd. Malia is an unrepentant Vintagonist – a dissident who is part of the Recall network. She’s also an author and bibliophile in a world where books have ceased to matter and barely exist. Her dissident ways force her to flee Washington, DC, and she spends fifty years in self-imposed exile in a Simpleton community in far west Texas. Contentment just isn’t her thing, though, and she returns to the world to finally fill in that one blank year of her life. Where the quest leads her occupies the last half of the novel. All I’ll say about that is that I cried more writing about Malia than about any of my other characters. The events of the closing chapters of Way of the Serpent play out in a totally different part of the world in Shadow of the Hare and in much more vivid detail.
The folktale theme in this book has to do with the different stories people tell about the shadows on the face of the moon. While some people see a human face, others see the outline of a hare. Do we see what we want to, or just what our culture tells us is there?
(Donna Dechen Birdwell, October 2016)

 

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Other Books in the Same Series

Way of the Serpent

Flight of the Owl

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