I’ve been reading a lot lately, and posting a little less. This is mainly because my roommate has sorted out a stack of books to sell off, and she has been kind enough to let me raid them first to see if there are ones that I want to read. And there were. Several.
Into the Forest, by Jean Hegland, was one of the ones I’ve read lately. It is not really a tale about the breakdown of society in the U.S., but more about how two young sisters survive after all the modern conveniences, entertainments, and safeties are gradually lost to them. The reason for the breakdown is a little unclear, but that seems very in keeping with the breakdown in communication systems. The limited understanding of the ‘why’ seems to fit well with the characters and how focused they are on their own personal goals for the future while the societal structures are starting to crumble.
The writing is lush with detail. Everything seemed to be told in a way that seems very native to how I normally think: rather than a strict chronological organization, the tale was told with current events sparking rememberance, and how such things influenced current words and actions. Everything about the book seemed very organic and natural, which fit well with the themes of the book. I do recognize that some readers have problems with stories that are told in this nonlinear fashion, so if you are one of them, you may not care for this book very much. I enjoyed it though.
I received a warning from my roommate about this book and something it contains, and I think it distracted me a little bit from the journey through the book. There were many parts in the book where I was confused because what was happening didn’t seem to fit with where I had the expectation that it would head from what my roommate said. I think the book would be better if I hadn’t had that particular expectation set up as a distraction, but at the same time I think it is important to share for potential readers who are really sensitive to certain topics coming up in books. In the interest of not giving spoilers for everyone, I will hide the info behind a cut. Continue reading