Looking at humanity’s most pressing issues head-on can be overwhelming, but in Blowout, author Xingu Fawcett stares down the barrel of global crises, and forces readers to watch.
Some of the most complex problems humans face as a globalized society, and a species, are addressed through the story of three star-crossed lovers in Brazil. The sexual appetites of Fabiana, the inner turmoil of Camilla and the rippling-muscled man mixed between them would make for a great novel alone, but this exploration of sex, greed, and survival has far more interesting overtones.
The decadence of the social elite is explored in brilliant detail, and the author has clearly rubbed elbows in that elevated cadre of society. Fawcett expertly shows his cynicism and disdain for the corruption and shortsightedness of those in power, and this novel resembles a bludgeon that might help to open the right eyes.
With the beautiful country of Brazil as a setting, this novel swings between a romantic romp and a political diatribe, and that volatility makes it very difficult to put down. This is a powerful, well-conceived book for the troubled times in which we live, urging people to wake up, work to fix what is broken, and think about the bigger picture.