Thursday, October 13, 2016

#FRC2016: We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly

This fall, members of the Vise Library are going back to school by participating in a Fall Reading Challenge (it's our Junior Year!)  We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!

Course Title: Survival Training
Department: Climate Fiction
About the book:

Meg Little Reilly places a young couple in harm’s way—both literally and emotionally—as they face a cataclysmic storm that threatens to decimate their Vermont town, and the Eastern Seaboard in her penetrating debut novel, WE ARE UNPREPARED.

Ash and Pia move from hipster Brooklyn to rustic Vermont in search of a more authentic life. But just months after settling in, the forecast of a superstorm disrupts their dream. Fear of an impending disaster splits their tight-knit community and exposes the cracks in their marriage. Where Isole was once a place of old farm families, rednecks and transplants, it now divides into paranoid preppers, religious fanatics and government tools, each at odds about what course to take. 

WE ARE UNPREPARED is an emotional journey, a terrifying glimpse into the human costs of our changing earth and, ultimately, a cautionary tale of survival and the human
This book starts out three months after Pia and Ash have left their old life behind in Brooklyn to the very quaint and quiet Isole, Vermont.  It seems like the perfect little town to live a quiet life.  However, there is a very large Storm heading towards Isole.  The Storm causes so much anxiety and fear into the residents of the town.  Some of the townspeople are wanting to prepare for The Storm a la Doomsday while other people are willing to work together to survive The Storm.  This puts a huge strain on Pia and Ash's marriage because they each identify with different camps.  Ash and Pia have more problems than the storm but this provides the backdrop of the story.  We Are Unprepared shows what could be the reality due to global warming.  This is book takes you on an adventure as The Storm approaches and dives into the issues in Pia and Ash's marriage through Ash's point of view.  

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About the author (taken from the author's website):

I am a writer, environmentalist, crafter, hiker of mountains, swimmer of lakes, and reader of everything. Before I got serious about writing books, I worked for President Obama as Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget; and prior to that, as Spokesperson at the U.S. Treasury. I've worked at Environmental Defense Fund, a couple great consulting firms, and had more political internships than I can count. I'm eternally grateful to the smart people at Vermont Public Radio for hiring me out of college. I have a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University.
So basically, I've had some real jobs too. 
I grew up in the funky hamlet of Brattleboro, Vermont where I wrote terrible, heartfelt poetry in the woods. After an exciting detour in national politics, I'm back at it in New England. 
When I'm not writing, I'm playing outside with my husband Dan and our two delightful daughters.

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