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Tropic of Kansas: A Novel by [Brown, Christopher]
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“This book is a powerful vision of an America that might be, an America that some nights seems as though it is all too likely to be, filled with powerful characters and a chilling presentiment of how far our country could fall...a novel well worth reading.” (San Francisco Book Review)

“Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer bat-shit genius…a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment.” (William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author)

“The great American novel about the end of America. This book is marvelously propulsive, big hearted, and whip smart.” (Kelly Link, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Get in Trouble)

“Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not ‘make America great again,’ but then again, it just might.” (Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland)

Tropic of Kansas is like a modern dystopian buffet [...] It is, in this particular moment in history, frighteningly prescient. It is the nightly news with the volume turned up to 11.” (NPR.org)

“This stunning novel of a time all too easily imaginable as our own highlights a few of the keen-voiced, brave-souled women and men who balance like subversive acrobats on society’s whirling edges...Read it to burn with the joy of realistic hope.” (Nisi Shawl, Tiptree-award winning author of Everfair and Writing the Other)

“A unique blend of Philip K. Dick, Kafka (just a smidgen), and a whole lot of Christopher Brown. Adventure novel meets political satire and the finest elements of realistic sci-fi, and it’s so well written it goes down like a greased eel. It’s hopeful dystopia. What a book.”
(Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap and Leonard series)

Tropic of Kansas is the tale of a politically desperate USA haunted by a sullen, feral teen who is Huck Finn, Conan and Tarzan. Because it’s Chris Brown’s own imaginary America, this extraordinary novel is probably more American than America itself will ever get.” (Bruce Sterling, award-winning author of Islands in the Net and Pirate Utopia)

Tropic of Kansas is a great novel. Brown’s writing is tightly composed, and flows nicely...Definitely recommended.” (Civilian Reader)

Tropic of Kansas is savvy political thriller meets ripping pulp adventure-a marriage made in page-turning, thought-provoking heaven. It’s a vision both frighteningly prescient and already too real, and a story of valiant heart and brain up against the worst architectures of greed and power.” (Jessica Reisman, SESFA award-winning author of Substrate Phantoms)

“[A] real page turner.” (Gavin J. Grant, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5866 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (11 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M8JAKZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book set in a world this bleak shouldn't be this enjoyable 14 July 2017
By Paul Miles - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew going in that Tropic of Kansas was a dystopian novel set in a dark American future. I love reading dystopias so I was predisposed to enjoy it. What surprised me was how streamlined the ride is. Short, punchy chapters and Brown's clean style have you breezing through the novel at an almost thriller-like pace, but with much more depth of setting and character. The book's "world just around the corner" vibe reminded me a little of Ken Macleod's The Execution Channel or Charlie Huston's Skinner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and thin family ties to navigate a world that at best wants them quiet 17 July 2017
By NicoleMD - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in a reality only slightly more dystopian than our own, this story follows two characters who rely on instinct, training, and thin family ties to navigate a world that at best wants them quiet, and at worst wants them dead. Sig is my favorite, scrappy kid who raised himself in the Canadian wilderness and winds up deported back to the U.S. Tania, an educated government employee, has a dissident past she just can't fully shake. This smart and fast-paced book will keep you up at night and looking over your shoulder during the day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Snappy Summer Read 17 July 2017
By Robb Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a road trip book, based on a single pre-release review. As a summer read, it did not disappoint. Engaging story which moved quickly. I would have enjoyed more character development of the two protagonists, and the lively vision of an American social and political breakdown begged a bit more detail, but I understand the choice. Will keep an eye out for Christopher Brown.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a Big Idea book. Actually a potboiler 14 July 2017
By Nels Lindberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel like there's a much better book hiding behind this one. Tropic of Kansas has some big ideas, or rather points at them, but passes them by in favor of action sequences, violence, and travel sequences. As a result, the message of the book seems to be: authoritarian government and violence are very bad things. No kidding.

The action all seems rather the same, the hero improbably survives extreme violence and escapes into the woods where he is, apparently untrackable. This happens often enough that the reader begins to notice a pattern. Besides the heroine, none of the other characters get a whole lot of depth or exposition. Most of what you learn about them is their physical description and what weapons they carry. What could have been the most interesting part of the book, between the climactic battle and the epilogue, is elided with an easy "one year later." Too bad.
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining dystopian satire 20 July 2017
By She Treads Softly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Tropic of Kansas by Christopher Brown is a highly recommended dystopian/political satire set in the alternate reality of a future, fractured USA.

Sig was an illegal from the USA hiding in Canada, until he was caught and sent back over the border wall into the area that was once Minnesota. Now the Midwest is just part of a wasteland of warring factions and provincial militia groups. This area has been dubbed The Tropic of Kansas and is known for the third world lawlessness that thrives there and the various greedy leaders who control parts of it. Sig, the son of political dissidents, is a survivor and escape artist. He essentially trusts no one. He's difficult to keep as a prisoner because he will find a way to escape. He will also find a way to survive.

Tania was once Sig's foster sister. Sig's mother dropped him off at her house for Tania's mother to care for when her arrest was imminent. Tania is now a government investigator. She got into a little trouble in Washington D.C. and is now looking for Sig to rectify her mistake and to try to get her own mother free from imprisonment. When Tanis goes searching for Sig, she comes to terms with her own past and perhaps the direction of her future.

Chapters alternate between Tania and Sig. You'll be rooting for Sig as he manages to escape from one predicament, betrayal, and impressionist after another. You'll also be hoping Tania sees the light, and the corruption of the government, and finds Sig along with a new goal for herself.

Brown takes present ideological differences, technology, factions, and widely different beliefs among citizens in the USA today and escalates all of it into a dystopian setting while setting his characters into this action packed satire. It's a wild ride through politics, drones, guns, and bullies. It's also an easy to read novel, with short chapters that avoid much detailed descriptions of settings or other characters. This is entertaining - certainly a good airplane book. It is worth noting that you should anticipate that Brown will hit you over the head with pc politics along with the expectation that you will naturally believe all that he believes. But, since this is also set in an alternate reality USA, it is much easier to just go with the flow and accept any precautionary statements that might be leached out of the adventure.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins.
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