It has been over a year since I published. Writing a dystopian novel in 2019 was probably bad timing, but now later reviewers have a better perspective on my real message in Days of Future Found. Here are two more excerpts from reviews on onlinebookreviewclub.org.
Bold italics are mine:
When I started reading, I could not stop. The plot develops with the dynamism of a movie, captivating the attention since the beginning; a thriller atmosphere seduces the reader, who cannot wait to find out what happens. The narrative, aimed at adults who care about the destiny of the planet, is rich and ample; an example of Wark’s mastery of words is the beautiful allegory where she describes the neighbors’ constant analysis of Harold’s remaining lifetime: “he felt like and exotic hothouse orchid sitting on a greenhouse shelf before the petals fall (p. 19). Wark frames the future under a technological scope; the pursued goals are to eliminate human infertility, environmental disasters, and unwanted intervention of science and politics in people’s lives.
The edition is almost perfect. There is also a glossary of acronyms, just in case you were a little lost about the meanings. Wark does not judge anything openly, but she does show a deep knowledge of our world nowadays. All in this book is excellent, but the main reason I rate it four out four stars is its message: No matter what tragedies might come, no matter how flawed human beings could be, our species will survive: as Mary K. Wark says, the summer will grow again.
Another reviewer took an even deeper look at my world building and understood the contrast between a more perfect technological future and our own human natures. I am very glad he recommend the novel to both old and young readers.
Consequently, the narration was calm, and the narrator was concerned with the psychological impact of this new society on the relative human cognition.
Additionally, we can recognize many structural discordances between two conflicted worlds, such as the old imaginary and creative world against the artificial, gray world and its massive images. In this context, the narrator implied to Victor Fleming’s “The Wizard of Oz”, but the new technical space was devoid of childish joy because of its absurd expectance. Also, we found the discordance between the natural blue color against the gray artificial atmosphere, art and technical image or sound and creative identity against the negative life on the symbolic ship, that this ship implied to escape, existential anxiety and death at the same time.
Despite the mechanical welfare in the new society, the narrator also referred to the recurring natural disasters and new cyber warfare. Additionally, we can recognize horror and hidden peace in the faces of old and dead people. Therefore, this world exhausted itself and pushed characters to return to originality and critical truth.
Because of its mystic destines and some complex technical references, I recommend the novel to youth and older readers. Also, I’ll give it 4 out of 4 stars due to its critical perspective on imaginary future days.