Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Book Review: Generation A by Douglas Coupland

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I love Douglas Coupland.  He is a true Canadian gem and I leap at any opportunity to read something new from him.   Usually it means I have to wait a while, because I don't like reading hardcovers and it usually takes a year for the trade paperbacks of his work to be released (I wouldn't have this problem if his works were available on ebook...).   Generation A was a painful wait for me.  I ALMOST bought the hardcover about 20 times while I was waiting.  Then, I finally bought it in trade and it sat on the shelf while I finished reading a series I had going on my Sony Reader.

Finally - I pulled it off the shelf and dove right in.  Oh it was so good (especially after the fantasy book I read before it had disappointed me so badly).  All I wanted to do was read it cover it cover until it was done.  Unfortunately, being a mommy to twins means my reading hours are a limited.  It was still a really quick read.   I think it took me 3-4 days of just reading at bedtime.  

The premise of the book is that in the not-too-distant future, bees have become extinct.   All of a sudden, five people in different parts of the world are suddenly stung by bees and the world goes into an uproar, marveling over this phenomenon.  These people are rushed away to sensory deprivation chambers so scientists can figure out why THEY were the ones who were stung.   Each character "speaks" in turn of their experiences and follows through to the point where they are all brought together by one of the scientists who has his own agenda.

I'm not going to spoil the ending, but it's great.  I highly recommend this!  It is a great, fun read and is classic Coupland all the way.  

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