24 Apr 2015

Book Review/Blog Tour - California by Edan Lepucki

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 despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one 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 but 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 its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

Published:     August 2014
Publisher:  Little Brown
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand Alone

Source:  Review Copy from Publisher

My Review

What I loved about this book...
I am not entirely sure but this book definitely seems like adult fiction (do correct me if I am wrong but that is the vibe I got from this book) so what made this exciting for me is that this is the first adult fiction book which is post-apocalyptic.   I liked following Cal and Frida as they try and survive this new world where they are 'rationed' and if they want anything in particular they have to trade something for something else - such as a bra for a medicine pill...  and especially when Frida finds out she is pregnant and following what they decide to do next.

What I was not fond of with this book...
Although I really did like this book, I did feel that there could have been more description on the circumstances rather than what was happening in the moment.  I would have loved to have learned more about that.

About the Author
From Goodreads

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Meridian, and FiveChapters, among other publications, and she is the winner of the 2009 James D. Phelan Award. She is a staff writer for The Millions and lives in Los Angeles, where she was born and raised.

She likes cooking, reading and filling out forms.