on July 8th 2014
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
Source: Brown Books, Little
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.
Terrified of the unknown but unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.
A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.
Sadly, I was not in love with this. I was not in LIKE with this. I won’t go so far as to say I hated it but it would not be a stretch.
I’ll go with the positives before I blather (most likely cause I’m a little annoyed) on about the negatives.
Firstly, it started well. I enjoyed the way the mystery was starting to unfold. No idea was given as to HOW the world came to be the way it was, it just was! Really good start.
My biggest gripe is that they are married and being married I understand that your spouse is not always going to be your favorite person. You may even keep a few secrets from your spouse, life goes on. With Frida and Cal they seem to not like each other and keep secrets ALL the time. What’s even more frustrating is that they do not trust each other. Well, I wonder why you two idiots!!!? This theme was not just in one portion of the book but throughout the entire thing. Frustrating to say the least when you’re trying to understand a character and just cannot because they whine too much and obsess over the smallest thing!
Some of the mystery does come out, you find out why nobody likes the color red (which honestly still doesn’t really make sense) and some other mysteries. Some of which I was able to peg before they were answered.
Now, I will admit I am an apocalyptic, horror, dystopian lover so I may be a bit harsh in my judgement at the idea that these people would actually survive. I don’t know really because fortunately none of that has happened. But, what has happened is that I did not like even for a moment, any of these characters. Not a one! All of them are ridiculous and there isn’t any funny moments. Yes it’s apocalyptic but there has to be a class clown somewhere in there! Someone to lighten the very disheartening mood, maybe?
In short: If you’re a horror/apocalyptic lover, this will bore you to tears. This out of your normal genre? Give it a try.
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