It’s just a little later than now and Lola Hart is writing her life in a diary. She’s a nice middle-class girl on the verge of her teens who schools at the calm end of town.
A normal, happy, girl.
But in a disintegrating New York she is a dying breed. War is breaking out on Long Island, the army boys are flamethrowing the streets, five Presidents have been assassinated in a year. No one notices any more. Soon Lola and her family must move over to the Lower East side – Loisaida – to the Pit and the new language of violence of the streets.
The metamorphosis of the nice Lola Hart into the new model Lola has begun…
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I often struggle with 'classic' science fiction. During my formative fiction reading years, around 1990, I found it dry and difficult to absorb. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Quicksilver
First published in 1993, this is a prophetic and disturbing look at an America five minutes into the future in which growing inequalities have reduced society to two cohorts: the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Cunliffe
This book was so good, I couldn't stop thinking about it for ages. It got me started on reading a whole load of post-apocalyptic novels about the breakdown of society, although... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs Miggins
very dystopian. The only reason I marked down a star is because I found the writing style very difficult to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Samuel
Beautifully crafted and perfectly paced, I couldn't put this down. This is a stark and harrowing tale that's so close to home it's probably the most disturbing book I've read - a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by T W Poole
A thought provoking and compelling reads. This is everything a reader of dystopian fiction is looking for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marsha Irving
Difficult to decide whether to give this five stars, because I don't think it fully works as a stand-alone novel, despite being the first in the Dryco/Ambient series timeline and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Makes you think - breakdown of society for reasons that are not clear as seen by young teenage girl. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher Curtis
This is another great addition to the sci fi masterworks, although it sort of reads more like brutal realist literature to be honest, the themes dealt with include urban decay,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lark