09 August 2012

Review: New Coastal Times by Donna Callea

New Coastal Times by Donna Callea

Published: 1 March 2010

Pages: 192 (e-book)

Source: Own library

Genre/s: Post-Apocalyptic

Check It Out: Goodreads ~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts

New Coastal Times is one of those books that I went into with a completely different expectation than was the reality. What I expected was a disaster story, with some fun but perhaps not completely real characters, and lots of death and destruction.

After Hurricane Walter destroys the small Floridian town in which Mia works as a reporter and her husband a doctor, she gathers up a small group of her colleagues, and they start on an epic road trip across a country that is increasingly ravaged by extreme weather, encountering religious crazies, a hippy commune that's been coupled together by a government trying to cope with over population and food shortages, and an organic apple farm.

However, New Coastal Times is far more than your typical disaster novel - the characters are incredibly realistic, and it's hard not to fall in love with them all - from the main character, Mia, who I found to be incredibly witty, to her dedicated husband and a cast of characters that they adopt along their journey to New York, all of them were distinguishable and unique. And although the situations they find themselves in could actually be incredibly dangerous, their outlook and friendships make it seem much more like a road trip.

Engaging, sarcastic and unique, I really enjoyed all of New Coastal Times, but most especially the characters. Ms. Callea did a wonderful job of writing a novel that sounds like it could have gone down the mediocre road, but instead comes out as a unique book in the post-apocalyptic genre.


1 comment:

  1. It was more upbeat than most. A common theme is that happiness/contentment is not found within your situation, but within yourself.

    The cutsy newlywed talk, including a name for her husband's private parts if I recall correctly did get to be a bit old.

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