Suzanne Weyn is the author of The Bar Code Tattoo, Distant
Waves: A Novel of the Titanic, and Reincarnation among others--and those three are all on my TBR list now very close behind her upcoing novel Empty.
Empty is a dystopian novel which is nothing very new this year, but what is new about it is that it is a dystopia that is easier to see happening than most. Set in a world that has run out of fossil fuels, Empty explores what happens when our world truly becomes local.
It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.
Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.
Teens like Nicki, Tom, and Leila may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again.
With our use of oil in the news and such a political topic as of late, I think this could, potentially, be a very interesting topic for a novel. It has potential to be a great book that really does show how much we depend on things that we really do take for granted and how different life could be without one thing. The idea of 'what if' is why dystopian novels can be so much fun (and also, sometimes, more than a little scary) to read and I do hope that this is one I will end up enjoying because it sounds so possibly great.
Suzanne Weyn's Empty is out on the 1st October, 2010 from Scholastic.
What books are you waiting on this week? Link me your posts or leave me titles in the comments :) I love finding out about new books!