A Novel

Lepucki, Edan

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
"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 in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each 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 and 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 dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust"--

Published: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316250818
Branch Call Number: F LEP
Characteristics: 393 pages ;,25 cm


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Mar 27, 2015
  • ianjohn27 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't get very far. Clunky writing. I'm sure the idea exploration might get interesting, but the psychological drama the author was setting up felt like something I'd read a thousand times in teen fiction as a kid.

Feb 19, 2015
  • librarylizzard rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A slow crumble of government and civilization (widespread blackouts, food shortages, gasoline prices inflated to the point that only the wealthy can afford to travel) compels two twenty-something newlyweds to relocate to the remote woods and live off the land.

This book had the potential to be so much more than it was. The writing was not top quality, which drove me to distraction throughout. The plot also felt overwrought at times, and in the end the story was just not ringing true; I couldn't get past the poorly written melodrama of the couple's relationship or the fact that the most intriguing components of the story were often glazed over.

All in all, as a lover of apocalypse/dystopia, I would not rate this very highly among its genre.

Dec 06, 2014
  • avratt rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A complete disappointment. Characters are totally unlikable and I found myself wanting to mentally slap all of them repeatedly thruout for their blatant stupidity.
Author made it appear that main characters at book's end are on the way to living happily ever after, totally ignoring a huge looming disaster disclosed earlier, but not in such a way as to invite a sequel...which I wouldn't read anyway. The "finale" seemed to be a rush job.

Dec 02, 2014
  • JimmyGman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Little bit of a let down. Thought the story started well, flashbacks were okay, the future is a civilization of disconnected tribes - if that, and the ending was...missing in my view. It was interesting, but nothing nearly as good as Station Eleven. Go read that if you want an end of the world story. Skip this.

Nov 29, 2014
  • MacGreenBear rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Slow, boring and uneventful. I kept expecting something to happen...something! Like other readers I too looked forward to this one, especially after the Colbert Bump...sadly very disappointing. Would not recommend to anyone, ever!

Nov 19, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_ShannonB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A unique post-apocalyptic story that feels all too real. I loved the plausibility of the environmental reasons for the destruction of civilization and the survivalist aspects of the story.

Oct 27, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Surely there could be a lesbian couple on the Land. But no, everybody's straight.

Oct 18, 2014


Aug 29, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Nearly a waste of 3 days... I have read many post-apocalyptic stories, and this lacked mood AND originality. None of the characters felt compelling (I never felt a thing for Frida) I read the entire book hoping that Sheman Alexie's recommendation on the Colbert Report would be validated; not so!

Aug 09, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is in a class of its own. Set in Post apocalypse California, the main characters are Frida, her husband Cal and her brother Micah. The characters are very well sketched and the author's vivid imagination has portrayed the situation that Cal and Frida find themselves in very well.
The books start out with Cal and Frida fending for themselves, living in a shack in the wilderness, but then Frida becomes pregnant and they try to head for the nearest settlement. Will the settlement accept them? Do Cal and Frida really want to be a part of this mysterious settlement? Are they better of here than they were in the woods by themselves? Can they ever go back? These and other questions are answered in "California," a really good read.

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