Book Review of A Dystopian Romance/Thriller

Forager (Forager #1)Forager by Peter R. Stone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Forager is the type of book I wouldn’t ordinarily pick up, but, conversely, it is the type of book that I like.

It’s set in a post apocalyptic world, based in Australia, and told through the eyes of 18-year old Ethan Jones. Ethan’s role in his society is to forage in the wasteland for metal and any other useful items that can be scavenged from the remains of the old world.

It reminds me of the type of book that I read at school - and if that sounds like a criticism, it isn’t. I’d read several books set in a post holocaust world when I was a teenager (Z for Zachariah, Empty World, The Day of the Triffids etc) and I’m glad to say this one stands up well against them. It’s well written, it deals with some harsh themes although manages to remain age appropriate (no swearing) and it has believable characters in a dramatic setting.

For me, Triffids is my favourite of the genre and one that, from what I have seen, most recent books seem derivative of (substitute zombies or vampires for triffids). I’m glad to say Forager gives readers a breather from what has probably already become a cliche of the genre, and tries to ground events with as much realism as possible.

There were times where, for me, some of the dialogue seemed a bit out of keeping in comparison to the teenagers I know. But then the point is that the teenagers of the forager world have to become adults faster than they should - and it is a very different world - so maybe that’s an unfair criticism.

To sum up, it’s a page turner, with lots of twisty plot elements and ‘make you think’ themes. Give it a go.

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