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Far Out by [Ross, Fiona Faith]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 215 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fiona Faith Ross (7 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CP4YL0E
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,039,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's easy to visualise the world the author has created, one which is split between the servers - with their servants - and those whose lot it is to dwell in the slums, barely making ends meet. Change seems inevitable.

Saffron, still a very young woman, has a sweet blend of strength and vulnerability. She'll need that strength, and she'll need courage and faith, too. Like all parents, Saffron's father might not always make the right choices, but he does his best for his daughter. Key characters Nate and Marianne are memorable, as is Hermione and her meat pies. I loved the references to Goonhilly, as I visited there a few years ago. I also liked the themes of natural medicine and the language of flowers: utilising the planet's generous resources in a good way.

FAR OUT addresses approaches to land use, balancing our needs with the Earth's; the need for community; the worrying uses of artificial intelligence; and where we, as human beings, should steer ourselves. What do we really want to create as our future?

Finally, it's clear the author loves writing and language. There are a few phrases I would like to have created myself!
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The premise was intriguing but I'll admit it didn't sound really 'far out' or unique. It is.
I still requested to read this though & would like you to note this was given to me in an exchange for an honest review:

Themes run through which involve flower language/herbs, a subject which I have never seen touched in such an enlightening but not overwhelming way. OK, I've never seen it mentioned in any books either but it a nice element. 'Far Out' had many areas in which there was a large quantity of action; these bits were fast-paced but calm was never too far away. The story is more complex than a novel bouncing between calm and action and this isn't the only contrast. There's hippie's but they have nothing to do with the method of communication which is "thoughts"... Technology rules and global warming has turned England into outdoor swimming pool weather (I imagine, none were mentioned). It may have been set in a slum. Funnily enough the world was built strongly but the chalets and caravans never felt like the worst place to be or the worst of it all... Sure, the setting was realized but it seemed like help was never far away in the slums. The opinion I'm trying to express is basically that there wasn't a lot of conflict. I'm not saying there has to be a spartan society but I expected to see motives and perhaps something more bleak whereas what I saw was the result of a blend of the coming-of-age plot and a place where high hopes exist.
Saffron did obtain knowledge of herself and she definitely wasn't cut out to be a heroine. In all truth, she was too self-focused and reacted in such bizarre ways (in my opinion). For example, how many teenage protagonist's wet themselves?
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Far Out is a brilliant read from the beginning you can visualise the scene immediately as the book propels you into another age, another universe, another reality, yet a lot of it seems strangely familiar - the routines, the way of life, above all you care about Saffron and what kind of world we are creating and visualising and actually living it. Perfect blend of sci-fi, technology and the human condition told in a Dr Who like way. Great read!
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First of all, I must stress that I don't normally read sci fi so I can't comment on anything to do with that genre. However, with Far Out, you don't have to be a sci fi fan because it is about far more than that. Far Out embraces and illuminates what it is to be poor and on the margins of society. We witness someone killing dogs and making meat pies to sell; the text plays with you as it makes you wonder how far you would go if you were desperate for money and food. Although, Far Out is set in the future, we are reminded of what can happen to the poor and weak when the wrong regime - or government gets into power. The days of Dickens 'Hard Times' are always looming above our heads ready to fall back upon us and Far Out does not let us forget that. Fiona Faith Ross is a writer with something important to say and I would love to see her write a literary novel.
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Far out is a tale set in the slightly altered future world of the West Country. On the one hand we have those who live on the margins of society; on the other, those who live in Server City. The contrast between them is as vivid as life and death. At the core of this unusual tale are some real truths that we should all consider paying attention to: the way we use the planet to our own advantage, the implications of an ever advancing technology and the basic human needs of companionship, love, friendship and self sacrifice. The ending is a challenging surprise suggesting there may well be room for a sequel.
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