Book Review

Book Review : Rut by Scott Phillips.

Rut takes readers to the Rocky Mountains circa 2050, where the once thriving burg of Gower is about to become a 21st-century ghost town. Thanks to extreme weather and plenty of toxic waste, the skiers and celebrities are gone, along with the money and the veneer of civilization. What’s left? Old-time religion and brand-new pharmaceuticals, bad food and warm beer, mutated animals and small-town gossip. Can the town survive? We’ll see.

Rut is the book that I received free from Concord Free Press. I was quite intrigued by the cover, it shows a person with a prosthetic leg so straight away I was starting to wonder about what sort of story it was going to be. The book does not have a synopsis so I just had to dive in and start reading.

Set in the near future Rut offers a possible view of what may happen if China becomes the global superpower and America is taken over my right wing extremism. We follow Bridget, a research scientist, as she enters the small town community of Gower. It is through her eyes that we get to know the town and its inhabitants and learn about how the world has changed.

I really wanted to love this book, it’s the type of plot I enjoy and I love the ethos of the company. Unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be. For my tastes the book was too slow, it described the town and people wonderfully but there was no overall gripping plotline. It’s a well written book that I’m sure many people will love, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Now that I’ve finished Rut it’s time for me to pass it on to a new home following the Concord Free Press procedure. If it sounds like your kind of thing and you’re based in the UK then leave a comment. I’ll send it to the first person to ask for it.

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Concord Free Press.

Over Christmas I read an intriguing post at Me And My Big Mouth about a publishing company that gives away its books for free and decided I had to check it out.

American based Concord Free Press currently publishes two books a year. There are a number of book stores in America that give these books away but if you can’t get to one you can request a book via the website and they’ll then post it out to you. There are only two provisos to this, they ask that in return for receiving the book you make a voluntary donation to a charity or a person locally in need, and that once you’ve finished the book you pass it on to someone else.

I loved the sound of this, and so I requested a copy of their current book Rut by Scott Phillips. Within a couple of weeks of me requesting it the book arrived and it’s at the top of my to read pile so I’ll be reviewing it later this week.