Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fear of Falling

Title:  Fear of Falling
Author:  Susan Kiernan-Lewis
Publication Information:  San Marco Press. 2012. 221 pages.

Book Source:  I received this book from the author through Goodreads free of cost in exchange for an honest review. The book was a Kindle download.

Favorite Quote:  "It's hard for me to believe that they thing I now see as the most important thing in my life was the thing that got pushed into the background noise of the life I was making."

Fear of Falling is a story of pioneers who are forced into that role. Sarah and Matt travel with their ten year old son John on a vacation to Ireland. Following a major worldwide disaster, they are forced to remain there. They learn to rely on themselves and each other, and they learn to survive without the technology and conveniences of modern day life.

The book does state that a terrorist attack as the cause. I wish it had not because the cause did not really matter. What mattered was how this family survived. The attack was a jarring note in the book, and brought the world into a story that was mostly about people being isolated from the world. Although it was the cause of this family's hardship, it did not feel like it belonged in the book.

There is a dichotomy to this book. Part of it is the positive experience of returning to a less-connected, closer-to-nature way of life. It is a commentary of the rush we all get into in our lives and the peace and simplicity that comes from slowing down. The other part is like a western novel. Good guys and bad guys. Shoot 'em up fights to the finish. It is the story of survival.

The book is a quick and easy read. I enjoyed the stark and sometimes startling contrast between the two aspects of the book because that is true to life - life comes with the good and the bad and there is no one easy way. What I liked best about the book was the development of Sarah as a strong character who adjusts to the changes in life and who does what is necessary to adapt and survive.

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