25 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

New Coastal Times by Donna Callea

Was this a humor book or a dark post-apocalyptic novel? That’s what I was left wondering when I finished this book. And then I realized that it was… both. There’s a lot of destruction in this book, the usual level you’re used to getting when reading a good book about a dark and dreary future, but the characters made this book come screaming to life. They are quirky, weird and some of the situations are hilarious.

But there’s the undertone of realism to it. Okay, maybe not the swamp people, but it added that glint of humor that this book needed and deserved. The writing was superb and the author’s ability to weave a story is amazingly well done. It could have used with a little bit of an extra edit, but it did not distract from the story, you are entirely too caught up in this world and Walter’s aftermath that you could care less.

With all the bad weather news swirling around the past couple of years, it also made you think… there was a scene in the book that brought me back to a book I read in high school – Alas, Babylon. It wasn’t as good as that, Pat Frank’s novel is a classic, but that one little scene has stuck with me.

Recommended for those that don’t mind having a laugh with their death and destruction.

Description:
As Hurricane Walter, the worst hurricane ever recorded (at least so far), reshapes the overdeveloped East Central Florida coast, swallows condos up whole, and ushers in a world-wide disaster-filled era spurred by global warming, Mia Gionfreddo Fine crouches in the crumbling newsroom of the (let’s face it) crummy newspaper she works for, listening to the publisher sing Broadway show tunes.

Set in the near future (maybe tomorrow), NEW COASTAL TIMES is a seriocomic romp through a not-so-brave new world where religious fanatics wait for Jesus in the Okefenokee Swamp, martial law rules in the still existing cities, the government sets up free-love communes for displaced youth, and a group of intrepid travelers—including former so-so reporter Mia, her adorable dedicated doctor husband, his avuncular tenor mentor, a good-hearted baritone pimp, and the show-tune-singing publisher (an aging soprano) make their way from Florida to New York in the New Coastal TImes Performing Arts Center van. Because, when you get right down to it, there really is no place like home.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2013: 34

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