Reading ➼ MARTians Author Blythe Woolston – Writerscompany.co.uk

MARTians Whaaaaaaaaat I have no idea what I just read I mean, I guess this is a vision of what a Walmart fueled dystopia might look like And I guess that our current obsession with K cups means we re already halfway there Or something This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.This book was provided by Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.When Zoe Zindleman s school closes she s fast tracked to graduation and gets a job at megacorporation AllMART What follows is not much of a plot at Last Girl Zo Zindleman, Numerical ID 009 99 9999, Has Just Been Graduated Early Her Options Wait For Her Home To Be Foreclosed And Stripped Of Anything Valuable Now That AnnaMom Has Moved Away, Or Move To The Warren, An Abandoned Strip Mall Turned Refuge For Other Left Behinds A Safe Place, And Close To AllMART, Zo S New Employer, Where Your Smile Is AllMART S Welcome Mat Zo May Be The Last Girl, But Her Name Means Life, And Zo Isn T Ready To Disappear Into The AllMART Abyss Zo Wants To Live MARTians Is Set In A World Of Exurban Decay Studded With Big Box Stores, Where Its Inhabitants Are Numbed By Shopping And The Six O Clock News MARTians May Be The Future, But It Is Frighteningly Familiar. Woolston writes it, I read it This is the law of my universe. clever a dystopian society without an enemy.The plot moves quickly you realize very quickly that something is VERY wrong with this world But it doesn t appear to be any sort of apocalypse Just the continuation of where we might really be headed right now if things don t change As each day unfolds, it gets creepier and scarier, even though there are no real monsters jumping out of the darkness I think that s what I liked most there are just hints of how far down society has been taken, an clever a dystopian society without an enemy.The plot moves quickly you realize very quickly that something is VERY wr When I read Blythe Woolston, I never know what the main character is going to ultimately do in MARTians, Z is booted out into the world not only by her school recently closed to help balance the budget but also by her mom, who takes off and lingers like a specter This is a novel seemingly about a world gone awry where consumers rule the show and the forgotten class of workers some young, some mentally ill, some fully indoctrinated, some whisked off to parts unknown because they can t adjust When I read Blythe Woolston, I never know what the main character is going to ultimately do in MARTians, Z is booted out into the world not only by her school recently closed to help balance the budget but also by her mom, w A brilliant and bleak depiction of consumerism take to its extreme so not a whole lot further than we currently know it If you like M.T Anderson s Feed which you definitely need to read , then you ll enjoy this too It also reminded me a bit of Brave New World where at times you feel like you re being given a tour of the world that is only slightly different from the one you know.A quote from it that sums up the ominous machine that is ALLMART, when Zoe is contemplating making the customer A brilliant and bleak depiction of consumerism take to its extreme so not a whole lot further than we currently know it If you like M.T Anderson s Feed which you definitely need to read , then you ll enjoy this too It also reminded me a bit of Brave New World where at times you feel like you re being given a tour of the world that is only slightly different from the one you know.A quote from it that sums up the ominous machine tha Another teen dystopia in a world not so far in the future where the populace are brainwashed into consumerism hmm, not unlike today Hopefully our schools aren t that bad yet, and at least the powerful shopping consortiums don t actually control the airwaves again, I say that hopefully.This is, in equal parts, bizarre and heart rending Our heroine is left on her own mother takes off somewhere and the school is closed all at the same time She graduates and begins work at one of the Ma Another teen dystopia in a world not so far in the future where the populace are brainwashed into consumerism hmm, not unlike today Hopefully our 2 stars Will appeal to younger readers who enjoy light dystopian fiction, but may feel a bit undeveloped toexperienced readers I think that the author was trying to hold up a mirror to readers so that we think about how influenced we are by consumer culture, but beyond that barely cautionary tale this book didn t have much sustenance.This book takes place in a near future world where big corporate box stores cough Walmart cough essentially run every facet of society Schools are pr 2 stars Will appeal to younger readers who enjoy light dystopian fiction, but may feel a bit undeveloped toexperienced readers I think that the author was trying to hold up a mirror to readers so that we think about how influenced we are by consumer culture, but beyond that barely cautionary tale this book didn t have much sustenance.This book takes place in a near future world where big corporate box stores coug Read it and weep Blythe Woolston s MARTians hurts to read because though it s labelled dystopian futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.Zo s mother abandons her, and her school closes down She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat But it s clear she s living day by day, and doesn t really have a future There s never a chance to make money because she ll be forever in debt to AllMART.But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it s possible to purchase Read it and weep Blythe Woolston s MARTians hurts to read because though it s labelled dystopian futuristic, it seems scarily contemporary.Zo s mother abandons her, and her school closes down She finds work in AllMART and shelter in a laundromat But it s clear she s living day by day, and doesn t really have a future There s never a chance to make money because she ll be forever in debt to AllMART.But perhaps the most devastating moment is the casualness in which it s possible to purchase a firearm and ammunition from a mega mart This may be commonplace to some, but it s far from normal where I live Yes, the future is terrifying But knowing that acquiring weapons can be so easy for some RIGHT NOW in real life That s even worse, and the incident in the novel is chilling enough.But throughout this terribly bleak AllMAR

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