Monday, March 7, 2016
Gold Fame Citrus
author: Claire Vaye Watkins
average rating: 3.35
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/03/07
date added: 2016/03/07
'Gold Fame Citrus' by Claire Vaye Watkins is a literary tale of a dystopian near future. The premise promised me more than I felt like I got. I've read a few critically acclaimed literary fiction books that dabble in speculative fiction, and they leave me puzzled because it seems that the authors don't really understand the genre that they are setting their stories in.
In a post-water California, most people who have been able to have left the state behind. The rest, the 'mojavs,' are not welcome anywhere. Luz and Ray live in an abandoned house in the hills overlooking the city. She reads about famous historical figures and dresses in the clothes the starlet who owned the house left behind. He does chores around the house and thinks of turning the empty pool into a skate park. Things happen and they find themselves trying to make their way East. They find themselves among different groups of people: those who want to party until it all burns out, or people on an almost religious quest to chase a dying dream, or dreamers on the edge of the ocean in the fading light.
I liked the concept, most of the characters and I liked the writing, but I found it tough to actually care about anyone in the story. Especially when one of the main characters is presented with the kind of life shaking turning point that would force anyone else to act, and then that character decides to not actually change. Maybe that's realistic, but it made me dislike the journey I was on with this book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Quercus Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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