on January 1st 1970
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This is a strangely odd book and I believe one needs to be a fan of fantasy and/or Science Fiction books to fully enjoy it. While reading this book, I saw it playing out in my mind as a movie.
Echo Japonica lives in Snow City. She is the creator of snow city. Before snow city, she lived elsewhere and went by a different name. She created Snow City as part of a dream – a dream for a better place, a sanctuary, a refuge, a fantasy. While reading this I thought, if Echo wanted this world to be a sanctuary, why are their gangster type people in it? But keep reading, they are not so tough.
One day while going about her business, she notices a teenager sitting in the rain. She offers the teen named Charity the use of her umbrella and Charity declines and Echo notices that Charity has not gotten wet although she had been sitting in the rain for some time. Charity is not what she seems, but neither is Echo. I appreciated the observation that Charity made about Echo speaking as an English woman as a means of keeping people at arm’s length. I found Echo to be stiff and formal and this made her more likable. A lot happens to both of them after they meet but I will let you read the book to find that out!
There is a lot going on in this book: death, religious cults, music, what makes a family, etc. Again, this book is fantasy and for some reason reminded me of the movie “The Matrix” in that things are not as they seem, this is a made-up world, Science Fiction/Fantasy vibe, and I kept trying to figure out what the heck was going on.
Again, this book for me was strange and weird. This book was not like anything I have ever read before and I must give it props for being original and imaginative.
I received a copy of this book from the Author and Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.