Friday, October 30, 2015

Pills And Starships Book Review

I have a rather unusual futuristic book to share with all of you that I found quite fascinating that our society would be so accepting in the future. It's called Pills and Starships written by Lydia Millet.

In this richly imagined dystopic future brought by global warming, seventeen-year-old Nat and her hacker brother Sam have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents’ Final Week. The few Americans who still live well also live long—so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disintegrating society by keeping the people happy through a constant diet of “pharma.” Nat’s family is spending their pharma-guided last week at a luxury resort complex called the Twilight Island Acropolis. 
Deeply conflicted about her parents’ decision, Nat spends her time keeping a record of everything her family does in the company-supplied diary that came in the hotel’s care package. While Nat attempts to come to terms with her impending parentless future, Sam begins to discover cracks in the corporates’ agenda and eventually rebels against the company his parents have hired to handle their last days. Nat has to choose a side. Does she let her parents go gently into that good night, or does she turn against the system and try to break them out? 
But the deck is stacked against Nat and Sam: in this oppressive environment, water and food are scarce, mass human migrations are constant, and new babies are illegal. As the week nears its end, Nat rushes to protect herself and her younger brother from the corporates while also forging a path toward a future that offers the hope of redemption for humanity. 
My Thoughts:
Wow! This book is really so crazy about senior citizens that I couldn't really believe what I was reading! You only get to live to a certain age, even if you are perfectly healthy and then you gotta go but it's also the way that they have it set up that really freaked me out!
I won't go into any details because you just have to read this book for yourself. This writer must have had some really wild imagination to come up with this whole scenario. I can't believe that parents are required to turn themselves in at a certain age, no matter if they still have children at home or not. Then those kids are left without any parents and I guess they get lost in the shuffle if there is no one to take care and of them!
But, there is hope on the horizon! As always, there is a rebellion going on and people are starting to protest this mandatory rule of turning yourself in to be done away with and Nat meets some of these people and she begins to see that she really isn't okay with losing her parents and decides to see if she can stop it.
Not sure if there will be another book coming as the ending could have been just that or it was left in such a way that there could be another installment coming. If one is coming, I can't wait to read it so I can see what happens next!

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Lydia Millet is a novelist and short-story writer known for her dark humor, idiosyncratic characters and language, and strong interest in the relationship between humans and other animals. Born in Boston, she grew up in Toronto and now lives outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children, where she writes and works in wildlife conservation.

Sometimes called a "novelist of ideas," Millet won the PEN-USA award for fiction for her early novel My Happy Life (2002); in 2010, her story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, 2011, and 2012 she published three novels in a critically acclaimed series about extinction and personal loss: How the Dead Dream, Ghost Lights, and Magnificence. June 2014 will see the publication of her first book for young-adult readers, Pills and Starships -- an apocalyptic tale of death contracts and climate change set in the ruins of Hawaii.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Denise said...

I don't read YA stuff but I've been reading dystopian novels since I was a kid. Thanks!

Meredith said...

I do. I've read The Hunger Games and others.

bluecat said...

I do read YA, some dystopian, and a lot of fantasy.