On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee was a lovely surprise. This is a literary dystopian novel that takes place in a future United States after there has been so much environmental damage to the world that there is no longer a federal government. Instead, there are the beautiful cities of the upper classes, the well-tended cities of those who work to supply the needs of those wealthy people, and then the “counties” where people live as they can get by. The book follows Fan, a girl from B-Mor, a worker’s city, as she leaves to find her boyfriend, who has been taken away, we aren’t sure where. She has adventures in the counties and in an upper class city, and there is no real end to her search. On the way, the author gives us the thoughts and actions of those left behind in B-Mor, along with insights into how economic changes can produce societal changes. All in all, a fascinating look at a very possible future, as well as a gripping story of one young woman’s search for her boyfriend in a world so different from ours, yet the same.
Post by Eileen Jaffe, Pinal County Library District Cataloger