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California

A Novel

Lepucki, Edan

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
California
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"The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316250818
0316250813
Branch Call Number: FICTION LEPUCKI 2014
Characteristics: 393 pages ;,25 cm

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An unconventional take on the apocalypse that focuses on relationships and the trade-offs necessary for survival.


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Nov 19, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_ShannonB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A unique post-apocalyptic story that feels all too real. I loved the plausibility of the environmental reasons for the destruction of civilization and the survivalist aspects of the story.

Oct 27, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Surely there could be a lesbian couple on the Land. But no, everybody's straight.

Aug 29, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Nearly a waste of 3 days... I have read many post-apocalyptic stories, and this lacked mood AND originality. None of the characters felt compelling (I never felt a thing for Frida) I read the entire book hoping that Sheman Alexie's recommendation on the Colbert Report would be validated; not so!

Aug 09, 2014
  • writermala rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is in a class of its own. Set in Post apocalypse California, the main characters are Frida, her husband Cal and her brother Micah. The characters are very well sketched and the author's vivid imagination has portrayed the situation that Cal and Frida find themselves in very well.
The books start out with Cal and Frida fending for themselves, living in a shack in the wilderness, but then Frida becomes pregnant and they try to head for the nearest settlement. Will the settlement accept them? Do Cal and Frida really want to be a part of this mysterious settlement? Are they better of here than they were in the woods by themselves? Can they ever go back? These and other questions are answered in "California," a really good read.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories, try California. Not for all, since it isn't in-your-face survival, but rather the emotional and spiritual side of trying to survive after civilization is gone. Thought-provoking for the serious post-apocalyptic fan, and now on my list of read-agains. Don't we all keep secrets like Frida and Cal, wanting to do the right thing but sometimes settling for safety instead? Really intriguing themes.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Debut novel from Edan Lepucki. California is a dystopian novel, but not a conventional one, as the specifics of the climate apocalypse sort of fall away into the background as this unusual book focuses on its characters and the intricacies of their relationships. Frida and her husband Cal have left the hopelessness of LA behind and settled alone in the wilderness of California. But even here, their pasts will follow them and create new and unsettling complications. This is a suspenseful, compelling book, a bit uneven in places but definitely worth a read."

Jul 22, 2014
  • SLS71 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I got through 100 pages and am giving up, which is too bad as I was really looking forward to this. So far most of the story was told via inner thoughts and memories, which is like being with someone who talks to much, and does very little to move the story. On top of that, the structure is very messy.

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