21 November 2011

World-Mart by Leigh M. Lane

World-Mart by Leigh M. Lane

Published: 13 October 2011

Pages: 278 (paperback)

Genre/s: Dystopia

Source: Own library

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

Government and corporate business have merged in an attempt to keep the country from going bankrupt, the effects of global warming and antibiotic-resistant disease having caused a full collapse in infrastructure. The class divide has become profound, leaving most people trapped in an impoverished, working class world with little room for improvement. Complacency and corporate hierarchy control and confound the masses, run by the elite few, collectively referred to as "Corporate." 

George Irwin remembers a time before the Big Climate Change, back when the airlines were still in business and people still drove their own cars. Sadly, his children have only known an indoor world of endless reconstruction, public shuttles, recycled water, and limited energy. The world has changed much over his lifetime, but he still believes in the American Dream. When an alleged terrorist act lands his wife in the hospital, however, George stumbles upon a Corporate secret that could mean the end of all civilization.

My Thoughts

World-Mart depicts a very possible future reality – class segregation, failing energy supplies, food shortages, global warming, anti-biotic resistant viruses and governmental control over every action and choice made in life. Your background, upbringing and ability to follow without questioning dictate whether you thrive or simply survive in the world.

This is a thought-provoking and quite frightening book. I particularly found the idea of euthanasia of the ill and voluntary euthanasia for people who have found themselves, for whatever reason, demoted through the class ranks to be very disturbing and a reflection of the importance we place on bettering or at least maintaining our own statuses in life.

World-Mart also contains some wonderful poetry written by one of the main characters, Shelley, which I found particularly moving.

My only negative with this book was that some scenes played out way too quickly and could have been fleshed-out a little further, particularly to give a little more life to some of the characters. However this does not mean that the characters were flat or one-dimensional, simply that I wished I had gotten a chance to know them better, and particularly to know how the world came to be that of World-Mart.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the thoughtful and thorough review! I appreciate your taking the time to read and share about WORLD-MART.

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  2. I'm broadening my horizons and slowly exploring other genres I am not quite familiar with, and that includes dystopia. With your review, I am planning to include this in my TBR list to read during my Christmas vacation. Thanks for the honest review!

    Your new follower,
    Nancy @ Simple Clockwork
    http://www.nancycudis.com

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  3. Great to hear Nancy! Dystopia is such a huge genre it can be overwhelming, but World-Mart is a great place to start. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  4. Thanks Lisa, glad you came by!

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  5. My pleasure, Kat. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

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  6. Interesting book. Different from so many today. Thank you for this review. Your bookblog friend.

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