Restoring Harmony

Restoring Harmony

Book - 2010
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Ten years after the Great Collapse of 2031, sixteen-year-old Molly McClure, with only her fiddle for company, leaves the safety of her family's island home to travel through a dangerous and desolate wasteland on her way to Oregon to find her grandparents and persuade them to return with her to Canada.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399252815
0399252819
Branch Call Number: YA SCI FI Anthony
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,22 cm.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 14, 2013

It’s 2041. After the Collapse of 2031, Molly and her family have thrived on their small British Columbia farm. Now Molly, armed only with her fiddle, travels from BC down to Oregon to fetch her aging grandparents from their once-comfortable suburb that’s turned into a crime-ridden wasteland. On the way, however, she gets caught up with a crime syndicate that won’t give her up. A fun, sweet adventure. My favorite part? Tiny details in the book—like practicing in the train station’s restroom because the acoustics are irresistible—might go unnoticed by non-fiddlers (or non-musicians), but are spot-on accurate to anyone who’s been there.

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whyschild
Jul 15, 2012

This author is not subtle in her political opinions, but that does not stop this book from being a thoroughly enjoyable adventure, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest and are (like me) a homesteader-wannabe. Fiddle-playing farmers inherit the earth! The main character, Molly, is a likeable, if unfortunately naive protagonist, able to win hearts through gardening and music. If that sort of thing appeals to you (like me), you'll love this story!

VeeMac Mar 14, 2012

North America is crumbling but Vancouver Island is doing OK. This was a quick read with a likeable heroine.

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wallyb
Nov 20, 2011

Solid story about a girl who must leave her idyllic family farm on Vancouver Island and travel to Oregon to check on, and maybe bring home, her ailing grandparents. The year is 2041, and Molly must face numerous obstacles and challenges on her journey south, the main one being the Collapse of the USA - economically, if not necessarily politically. Seattle looks horrible, and Portland doesn't fare much better.
While I had quibbles with the author's vision of the future, on the whole this is an engaging read. Still, it never felt like she was fighting for her survival, or truly threatened. I'll booktalk it to middle school kids.

ontherideau Sep 24, 2010

Interesting ideas on what the world may be like in a few decades. The oil industry collapse might not be sci fiction!

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