Book Review: The Third by Abel Keogh
May 17, 2014 1 Comment
From the back of the book: “When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third – and therefore illegal – child, he’s forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom’s choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.”
The Third: What I thought
This story takes place in a very convincing future in which resources are scarce and people live with strict rules of what they can and cannot do. Their water is metered and taps turn off automatically after five seconds. Nice, big houses in the suburbs are recycled (taken apart completely) while most people live in apartment blocks in the city.
Ransom is working in recycling. His job involves riding the recycling truck with his older colleague Dempsey and picking up materials for recycling. He hopes to be promoted one day so he can learn to drive the truck himself. As there are no cars around, not many people know how to drive. However, when his wife gets pregnant with their third child, his hopes for promotion are over. Really, he should be happy if they let him keep his job at all!
When he performs an act of kindness for a lady he doesn’t know, he becomes involved against his wishes in her and her companions’ underground movement. He tries everything legal to keep his child, but it’s taking all his time, money, and energy.
This world is a version of a future American state in which the citizens are oppressed by an all-seeing government. The set-up was very believable and novel. I was thinking along with Ransom, trying to find a solution for his situation and felt trapped! The book is very readable and totally enjoyable.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (very good)
Number of pages: 266
First published: 2011
I got this: won it in a giveaway from Peet Swea
Genre: science fiction, dystopia