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Flowertown Kindle Edition

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About the Author

A fifteen-year veteran of morning radio and an avid traveler, Sheila Redling currently lives in her beloved West Virginia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1309 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (19 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LMNE8G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,232 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2012
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Sheila Redling's debut novel is one of the most original and yet credible thrillers I have read for years. The setting is the site of a chemical spill, where the people exposed to the chemical have been walled in in the Flowertown of the title to prevent them contaminating the rest of the country. It's an interesting proposition on its own, but the plot just carries on developing into one of the best conspiracy theory novels I can remember reading.

It grips from very early on - I read it cover to cover in two sittings. The characters and dialogue are believable and well-sketched. One word of caution is that a few scenes are rather gruesome to read, but they are entirely consistent with the plot and in no way gratuitous. The blurb makes comparisons to Michael Crichton and Dennis Lehane, and both are valid, but the author this most reminded me of was the little-known Christopher Hyde, whose techno-thrillers are based around similar left-field ideas.

In an age where so many thrillers are me-too copies of other successful books, this title deserves to do well for daring to come up with an original idea. I shall be awaiting Ms Redling's next novel with eagerness!
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An entertaining enough read, particularly the early part where scene is set and characters developed. The setting is a 'quarentined' town, thanks to a chemical leak, being run by the very company that caused the leak in the first place and populated by the poor people who happened to be there when the leak occured.

There are 4 main characters of which 2.5 are well rounded.
The main character Ellie and her development arc through the story are well done. She is foul-mouthed, agressive and usually stoned, but likeable for all that.
The sub-plot of her room-mate Rachel's quest for a day out is nicely interspersed and serves to draw you away from the adventure and into the personal horror such a confinement would induce.
Bing is well written (up to a point) and it's really only Guy who feels a little 2-D (and given how smelly his girlfriend seems I'm guessing his nose is also lacking...)
The development of the 'world' is introduced at a good pace through the story too. At least it is intially, and this is where the stars drop away for me somewhat, because as the plot progresses it gets harder to believe.

I don't want to give the plot away so I will say that once a book makes a reader start to question the 'reality' they have created, then the strings of the plot have started to unravel, and this is where the final 1/3 of the book was less compelling for me. Also the charcter led 'twist' was far too obvious.

So in summary I enjoyed and devoured the first part of the book, but found it less and less engaging as it progressed towards its climax, which in a way is the worst thing you can say about a thriller (better a slow build than a disappointing apex).
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By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Mar. 2012
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Flowertown is a secure town in rural Idaho. Seven years ago, a prototype pesticide infected the soil, groundwater & residents, the chemical company responsible PennCo, placed the entire town and a 3 mile radius around it under containment. Years of treatments and medication have left the remaining local's sweat stinking of flowers, hence the name Flowertown.

When a series of bombings in the heavily authoritarian ruled town expose some glaring ethical issues in their treatment, the residents & especially Ellie, begin to think that the security company Feno & the government troops might not be serving their best interests. But how high up does this conspiracy go? Will anyone survive?

Flowertown is a pleasure to read, Redling's accessible writing style means that the story flows naturally whilst conspiracy plotlines bubble just beneath the surface. When the action kicks off, it is easy to follow and the twist is well hidden. This is an interesting novel about corporate espionage, responsibility & ethics whilst all the while remaining plausible and for this reason it has Orwellian Nineteen Eighty-Four overtones.

Well written, truly original, light enough at 357 pages, and a paranoid anti-corporate dream. Recommended!
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The build up of characters and story is really well done and I was thoroughly engrossed with the story until the last fifth.

And then we get into whats really going on and peoples motives for acting as they do and besides being a slightly confusing and rushed explanation it also stands out as really thoroughly unbelievable.

A shame it didn't deliver on its promise.
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I really struggled through this. Started quit well but pace is terminally slow, characters unsympathetic and story weak with ridiculous twist at end. Not recommend.
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The novel opens with Ellie, the central character. She has just come back from an encounter with Guy, who is not contaminated from the experimental pesticide accident that has poisoned Flowertown's residents. Instead he is one of the army detail sent to keep order and ensure all the rules are adhered to in Flowertown, which these days is more of a ghetto than a town. Guy and Ellie are breaking several of those rules by having a relationship. Redling introduces us to Flowertown through Ellie. Ellie isn't local to the area, so has no family in the town (or even friends from before the accident). She has lost her fiance, her successful job in advertising, and her health. Now she has been blue-tagged, which means her liver is failing from the contamination and her days are numbered. Even her appearance and her pride in herself are clearly not worth very much to her these days.

It's refreshing to read a novel where the story is told so clearly through the lives of the characters - we learn more about what Flowertown is like as place to live through this initial introduction to Ellie's life than reams of description could tell us. The novel starts slowly, setting the scene and building up a picture of Ellie's life and her limited society - the medical centre where all residents go for their constant medication, the corner supermarket, the office where she works, and her shared bedsit. Gradually there are hints that things in Flowertown are changing - there are increasingly less supplies in the shops, the army and Feno security (Feno is the company responsible for the contamination) are more heavy handed, and dangerous incidents start to occur. From the beginning, Ellie is at the centre of events, despite being an outsider in the town.
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