Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living God is a short, dystopian novel about evolution gone haywire.

It could have been so good. It SHOULD have been. The synopsis sounds right up my alley but it just fails to deliver.

Written in a sort of memoir format, Future Home is the story of a pregnant woman on the run when all hell breaks loose in the world due to some unknown biological phenomenon. Apparently, evolution goes haywire and babies are born different or dead and often result in the death of the mother. There’s martial law and betrayal and strange Big Brother-type women. BUT IT FALLS FLAT.

I am so pissed about this book because the premise is awesome and there are moments of brilliance but it’s mostly just bizarre and poorly developed. The cadence doesn’t match what is happening in more than one scene. Even for a dystopian story, there are just too many “are you kidding me” moments. The ending – don’t worry, I’m not giving spoilers – is such a letdown in so many ways. I almost wish I could spoil it for you but it’s really not worth it because the end is crap.

Future Home of the Living god

The Verdict on Future Home of the Living God

Honestly, Future Home represents two hours of my life I will never get back. I’m not even including the affiliate link because I just can’t in good conscience do so. I would not recommend this book to anybody and that is saying something.

 

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