Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove - OPTIONAL

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove, 333 pages.  Viking (Penguin), 2019.  $19

Language: R (12 swears, 1 “f”); Mature Content: PG (sexual harassment); Violence: PG-13 (described suicide, bloody fighting)



Natalia lives with her little brother, Cal, in a world where most everyone loses their emotions as they mature.  Except that Cal is still the same exuberant young man he has always been.  One day Cal is called in for extra testing at school and then he is whisked away – adopted even – by a corporation which wants to understand what makes him tick. With the help of a few concerned friends and a new (love?) interest Natalia is still not sure that she will succeed.

Grove mimics the feel of the world in her writing – conveying the dull feel of an emotionless world at the beginning and then ramping up the emotion as Cal becomes imperiled and Natalia rises to the occasion.  Most readers will have a hard time with the duller start., though, and I am not sure that they will persist with reading. 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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