California A Novel By Lepucki, Edan Book - 2014 | First edition

The little I liked: the apocalypse of this dystopian novel. Without a ton of detail, it's clear that what's happened is the ills of our current society - climatic, political, and social - amp up to the point of the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. That part is cleverly done. Our heroes, married couple Cal and Frida, interested me some at the beginning, but they become more idiotic as time goes by and the central question - just what the heck is going on with the isolationist community called The Land - becomes tiresome and ENDLESS. Then there's the rushed and nonsensical ending. Ugh. Simply not a particularly well-conceived novel. And the use of a turkey baster (I kid you not!) as a meaning-ridden symbol was cringingly awful.

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