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Ebook Details
  • 07/2015
  • B00ZM0HX6W
  • 290 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2015
  • 9781927154434 192715443X
  • 290 pages
  • $13.98
Grace Bridges
Author, Translator, Editor (anthology), Service Provider
Mariah's Dream (The Vortex of Éire) (Volume 1)
How far would you chase hope? What if you could change the world? The green has gone from Mariah's Ireland. Every garden and field that was once lush with crops is now lifeless muck. And yet Mariah holds one seed...the seed of hope to feed the hungry. Together with Liam, her staunchest supporter, Naomi the biologist, Deborah, whose son sold out to the Senate, and Peter the farm boy, she sets out to make Ireland green again. That is Mariah's hope. It is Mariah's dream. Mariah's dream will change everything.
Reviews
The first installment in Bridges’s Vortex of Éire series paints an evocative portrait of a not-so-distant future, rife with hardship and famine, but Bridges does not inject enough new material to make her dystopian world unique. Mariah is a young woman living in a desolate Belfast, ruled over by the rigid international Senate, a governmental organization controlling the population through strict vaccinations and food rationing. Mariah and her friends hatch a secret plot to grow crops, a form of rebellion that could endanger the lives of many. Bridges writes with a distinct voice; the setting is brought to life by her clever use of dialects and local accents. The focus on agriculture is a fresh idea, as it is often overlooked in postapocalyptic fiction. However, the conventional plot, wherein a dissatisfied populace rails against an overbearing dictatorship, leaves this dystopian tale floundering in a sea of similar works. (BookLife)
Amazon

A sip of dystopian of rare vintage

Much recent dystopian/apocalyptic fiction is written like an espresso tossed back in a dark alleyway. Mariah's Dream, in contrast, is a sip of a fine vintage red enjoyed at leisure. Other reviewers have commented on plot and characterisation, so I will simply home in on one aspect of this novel - this is gorgeous writing. Savour it. Linger over it. Be immersed.

Three intersecting storylines are interwoven with masterful skill and attention to detail. Even a dog becomes a protagonist, meandering through the narrative to add a dreamlike flavour to the sometimes stark, even brutal future portrayed in these pages. Yet rays of hope stream out of the darkness as the story threads draw together in the final pages. For a very fine, literary dystopian experience, I can recommend few authors more highly than Grace Bridges.

Amazon

Dystopian with some unexpected twists

Mariah's Dream took me on a trip. A trip to the future, to Ireland, and to ideas I'd never imagined. I enjoy sci-fi and dystopian tales, and this had some elements of both. The science was relevant, fascinating and horrifying: what if genetic manipulation wiped out most natural sources of food? What if a worldwide organization controlled the world's food supplies?

The setting was exotic, by my suburban CA standards. By the end of the story, I felt familiar enough with some parts of coastal Ireland to imagine that I could navigate the area myself. I like that sort of description in a book.

But also, the story took several turns that I did not expect, and that was not only a delight, but a delightful surprise. Not many stories these days break out of the predictable mold. Kudos to the author for doing something unexpected.

I liked the characters, really related to the strong leadership role that Mariah took, and enjoyed the relationships she built along the way. Romance, friendship, forgiveness and humanity. A great dystopian / post-apocalyptic type read.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 07/2015
  • B00ZM0HX6W
  • 290 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2015
  • 9781927154434 192715443X
  • 290 pages
  • $13.98

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