April 9, 2010

Restoring Harmony - Joelle Anthony

Young Adult
Pages: 320
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 13, 2010

The year is 2041, and Molly McClure was only six when the Collapse of ’31 happened, ending life as the world’s population knew it. When she is forced to leave the comfort of her small B.C. island to travel down to Oregon, Molly discovers how hard the Collapse has been on the rest of the world. What starts out as a quick trip to the U.S. to convince her grandfather to return to Canada and be the island’s doctor, becomes a rescue mission. How much will she have to compromise to succeed in getting back home?

As much as I loved the dystopian aspect of this book, I felt it somehow fell flat. I really enjoyed reading it, but it was not at all an exciting read. At least for my taste, it was neither fast-paced nor full of action. I did enjoy the writing, and maybe Molly's character, but the plot and the other characters were lacking interesting aspects.

I think maybe the biggest thing that threw me off was the fact that she created a shattered/criminal/dangerous world to which Molly had all the answers or solutions. It was not believable. Plus, the one character -Doug- that actually captured my attention, suddenly just dissapeared from the story. And I also felt there was no resolution or confrontation, just what you knew would happen, happened... The end.

Now don't get me wrong, its not a bad book, but since I'm so in love with dystopian lit, I guess I had some expectations that were not met. I would describe it as a realistic fiction awkwardly set in a messed-up future.


  1. Sorry you didn't enjoy this. I think the lack of resolution would annoy me, too.

  2. Aw, I expected this to be amazing, actually. I've only read a few dystopian novels...but maybe I should give it a try. I'll have to see for myself :) Thanks for your honest review!


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