Saturday, June 9, 2012
Far North by Marcel Theroux
by: Marcel Theroux
published by: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux
publish date: June 9, 2009
Out on the frontier of a failed state, Makepeace—sheriff and perhaps last citizen—patrols a city’s ruins, salvaging books but keeping the guns in good repair.
This has to be the most surprising book I've read this year. I was kind of expecting something like Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. This was nothing like that. This was more like a dystopian book, that happens to take place in the Arctic. It's no wonder though, that Far North was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Makepeace is a woman living alone in an abandoned town in the Far North, existing on her own. When a prisoner escapes and seeks refuge in Makepeace's town, she realizes there might be more to the world than she realizes. A plane crash gives her the sign she's been waiting for and she finally sets out on a journey to see what's left of the world.
The world out there is unbelievable. Like many dystopian books, there isn't really a defined event explaining what happened to create this world. There are vague references to climate change and biological warfare, but not a specific occurrence. Considering our narrator and who we eventually learn she is writing to, it makes sense.
The audiobook is narrated by Yelena Schmulenson. She had a beautiful voice and did a wonderful job with this book. I definitely recommend the audiobook, the mood and the atmosphere were conveyed beautifully.
Even though this book is a little older, it's for sure one of the best books I've read this year.