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Flowertown

Flowertown

Written by S. G. Redling

Narrated by Tanya Eby


Flowertown

Written by S. G. Redling

Narrated by Tanya Eby

ratings:
3.5/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Jun 19, 2012
ISBN:
9781455886050
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Seven years ago, a chemical spill brought the U.S. Army to rural Penn County, Iowa, where soldiers established a long-term, medically maintained quarantine. Officially, it's called the PennCo Containment Area. But to the people trapped inside, their bodies tainted with chemicals that give off a sweet smell, it's known simply as Flowertown.

The quarantine was supposed to save their lives, but many of the survivors have grown suspicious of the government's real motives. But not Ellie Cauley-her rage long ago burned down to hard, cynical pessimism. When a series of deadly events forces Ellie out of her apathy, she must prepare to face an enemy powerful enough to unleash her greatest nightmare.

Released:
Jun 19, 2012
ISBN:
9781455886050
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (2/5)
    While the author tries to explain away Ellie's behavior, she is just TOO unlikeable and unbelievable. No one, at least an adult over the age of 10 years old, behaves that way in real life. The deaux ex machina devices at the end were a bit ridiculous as well.
  • (4/5)
    I found this engrossing. The development of the story was a little slow but I enjoyed all the plot twists.
  • (2/5)
    It was okay. The ending was great, but getting there was not quite worth it. I think the author partook in the bud a bit too much in doing research.
  • (3/5)
    Slow to start but it eventually picked up.
  • (5/5)
    Even though suspense-filled books aren’t usually gripping or even interesting the second time through, one reading is not going to be enough for me with Flowertown. The characters are living, breathing, flesh and blood realized, the aftermath of disaster setting had my adrenaline working overtime from start to finish, and it’s filled with plot twists that--when they hit--were as disorienting to me as they were to the the characters, including one turnaround that’s such a doozy I want to go back and see how the author managed to pull it off so masterfully. Seven years ago the chemical spill of an experimental pesticide killed scores of people in rural Iowa, and those who survived are still living in hell. The properties of this pesticide make people who have been exposed to it carriers, so they’ve been herded into a compound, quarantined by the US Army, and compelled to take drugs that wreak havoc on their bodies in an effort to keep them alive and prevent the spread of the poison. Everyone who takes the drugs gives off a sickening sweet smell, hence the name Flowertown for the containment zone. After years of isolation the infrastructure is crumbling--it’s hard to get anybody in to fix things--and since TV and internet rarely work they are almost completely cut off from the world in their dilapidated outpost.We see all of this through the eyes of Ellie Cauley, who has a hair-trigger temper but has given up expecting anything to get better. Her best friend is full of conspiracy theories and her roommate is enduring extra debilitating drugs in the hope that she can suppress the pesticide's affects long enough to attend her sister’s Las Vegas wedding, but Ellie spends her time getting high and fraternizing with an army sergeant. That is until it starts to seem like her paranoid friend is right. When their situation starts to become even more suspect and sinister, Ellie fights back with the only thing left to her, her rage. Don’t start this book late at night--it’s very hard to put down once you begin reading it.
  • (5/5)
    When Feno Chemical spilled an experimental pesticide in rural Iowa, hundreds of people died. Those who survived contamination were herded into a US Army medically maintained quarantine and cut off from the world. Seven years later, the infrastructure is crimbling, supplies are dwindling, and nobody is getting clean. Ellie Cauley doesn’t care anymore. Despite her paranoid best friend's insistence that conspiracies abound, she focuses on three things: staying high, hooking up with the Army sergeant she's not supposed to be fraternizing with and, most importantly, trying to ignore her ever-simmering rage. But when a series of deadly events rocks the compound, Ellie suspects her friend is right—something dangerous is going down in Flowertown and all signs point to a twisted plan of greed and abuse.

    Wow, what a surprise! This book was a knock-out, despite running under the radar -- I’d heard about it a couple of years ago and stuck it on a to-read list, and there it rotted for a while, surviving the periodic purges but never really picked up. I started reading it, and didn’t do *anything* until I finished it. Great book.
  • (1/5)
    I tried to bring myself to finish this book, but just couldn't do it. I got tired of the main character Ellie's "piss poor" attitude and the shallowness of all the characters. I suppose I would have the same attitude were I in the same circumstances as they were. But, after reading over half the story without nearly any development, the plot became rather mundane and contrived. Sorry. I tried. Moving on.
  • (4/5)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It reminded me of James Howard Kunstler's writing. I liked the sequential flow of the plot with the focus on the daily routines to help build momentum. The author also kept me guessing about the ending. I thought this book was well-written. Imagine what would happen if a major chemical spill happened that resulted in the quarantine of an entire community? What would life be like under such conditions? What if you were just passing through to another destination when you happened to get caught in this disaster and now had to make it your home? We meet Ellen Cauley seven years after the chemical spill trying to cope with this situation. Those who enjoyed Stephen King's Under the Dome or Kunstler's work may also enjoy this story. It isn't a YA story due to the language and protrayal of drug usage.
  • (4/5)
    This story is told through the eyes of Ellie, whose health is compromised through contamination from an experimental pesticide. As a result, she is forced to live in a secure town, called Flowertown, which is run on very authoritarian lines.At the start, Ellie is more interested in her relationship with Guy, one of the soldiers sent to “police” the town – a relationship which is forbidden and has to stay hidden. However, as conditions in Flowertown get worse, Ellie finds herself caught up in events she simply has to get to the bottom of.I loved this book. It’s a thriller, so you expect it to be plot led, and indeed the plot is well constructed and credible, the pace starts slow and increases as the tension builds up, and there is a twist that I didn’t see coming.However, what makes it stand out for me is the quality of the characterisations. The characters are likeable and empathetic. You can really imagine being there yourself and understand just how awful their situation is and how helpless and trapped they feel.An original idea, a compelling story, and great characters … I hope they make a film of it!