Lighthouse Island

Lighthouse Island

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Paulette Jiles, the bestselling author of the highly praised novels The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women, pushes into new territory with Lighthouse Island--a captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future--a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope.

In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded. The earth is crowded with cities, animals are nearly all extinct, and drought is so widespread that water is rationed. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years, and no freedom, except for an elite few.

It is a harsh world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan. Growing up, she dreams of a green vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest.

When an opportunity for escape arises, Nadia embarks on a dangerous and sometimes comic adventure. Along the way she meets a man who changes the course of her life: James Orotov, a mapmaker and demolition expert. Together, they evade arrest and head north toward a place of wild beauty that lies beyond the megapolis--Lighthouse Island.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, 2013
ISBN: 9780062232526
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 07, 2018

I was very disappointed. The only parts that made sense & certainly can be prophetic is the draught, the total waste of all the junk society buys & discards with reckless abandon. For me it was just too disjointed, how the character jumps from one 'thing' to another with so little elaboration or development.

If you are really interested in something prophetic, read Where the Water Goes, a dose of reality with the real possibility of how society in the US will live without water.

I give credit to Jiles for the warning shot & think the best sentence of it all is the last sentence of page 62. 'They had devoured the world and left nothing but a dry husk for Nadia Stepan. ' Another point is televisions are on everywhere, all the time with garbage spewing forth, kind of like now.

Apr 30, 2017

Wow! as good as 1984, Handmaid's Tale, Farenheit 451 or any or those dystopic future-fiction books we studied in school

Dec 02, 2016

I couldn't get into this book, perhaps because I had just read The Last One by Alexandra Oliva, which pulled me right in and never let go. I found the writing to be clumsy, and the writer leaves out so many details that I kept thinking, "What? How did that follow from what just happened?" After several attempts to get interested in it, I finally gave up.

Apr 27, 2014

This is a Fahrenheit 451 with hope, humor, and a graceful way with words.

Feb 24, 2014

This story was intriguing and thought provoking for me.
Also of interest to me was the setting of the later part of the book on western Vancouver Island; a local setting for me.

ChristchurchLib Nov 18, 2013

"The U.S. is drought-ravaged, overpopulated, relentlessly urban, and intellectually stifled. In a world where animals are a rarity and water is strictly rationed by a totalitarian government, Nadia Stepan's only pleasure is dreaming of Lighthouse Island, a most-likely mythical utopia in which people are free and water is abundant. But when a workplace disaster forces her to flee, she begins a search for the island, aided by a disfigured mapmaker. The dystopian setting is reflected in the author's prose; not everyone will appreciate this dark and detailed novel, but fans of dystopian fiction won't want to miss it." Fiction A to Z November 2013 newsletter

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