- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,245,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Far Out Kindle Edition
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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!
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? Saffron wasn't even in a particularly frightening scenario & there she was, completely erasing her dignity & she hadn't even needed the toilet.
I think I should have more sympathy for her but I don't have a spare spine to hand! I really wanted to like her as I know she was a nice person and was finding herself but boy, I had a critical response for her.
All I could think was that Nate really should have bought her some... She's almost 18! Her reactions aren't always pathetic but I wouldn't call her brave. She's not witty, not rough around the edges, not depressed, she doesn't hyperventilate or feel queasy so my empathising was really not surfacing. She seemed to have a bit of a wide-eyed "delicate" personality which didn't really appeal to me.
Even if Saffron didn't seem realistic to me most of 'Far Out' was realistic. The technology was believable and the society had turmoil for a reason even if it isn't crystal clear, perplexing history is better than absence of how it came to be which is why I think the world building was established boldly.
Far Out is an vivid, unusual tale with successful world-building which makes it a fairly super read.
Imagery is all important with a book set elsewhere in time or space and this had a good mix of places I know by name with images from a potential future I could not recognise, but saw. Real characters and real feelings bound well together making me "involved" with them.
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