The Potrero Complex by Amy L Bernstein (With a giveaway!)
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Journalist Rags Goldner is battle-scarred and heartbroken after covering a devastating pandemic that rages in Baltimore for five years. She leaves the city with her partner in search of a simpler life in small-town Maryland—only to discover nothing in Canary is simple. A teenager is missing, and it falls to Rags to fight the forces of apathy, paranoia, and creeping fascism to learn the shocking truth about Effie Rutter’s fate—and the fate of thousands like her.
Praise for The Potrero Complex:
“Anyone immersed in the experience and possible outcomes of social change after this pandemic will find The Potrero Complex frightening and hard to put down, presenting thought-provoking insights on the progress and erosion of freedom in the name of safety and social preservation.”
D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Bernstein sets us in a post-pandemic time just the barest bit beyond our own, on the way to a dystopia that feels too frightening and too familiar. A thoughtful, complex, well-executed novel—not a who-done-it? but a much scarier what-in-the-hell-is-happening?”
Robert Kanigel, author of Hearing Homer’s Songand The Man Who Knew Infinity
“An intelligently conceived tale of an unthinkable yet credible future. A novel of dark deeds in dark times.”
Karen S. Bennett, author of Beautiful Horseflesh
“A complicated tale of post-pandemic times in the not-so-distant future, where share cars, data phones, and respies figure into a plot that is scarily believable.”
Avery Caswell, author of Salvation
“Richly textured, with many evocative threads [that] explore the culture of a post-pandemic small town—a town that camouflages its disturbing secrets. A cautionary tale.”
Kathy Mangan, Professor Emeritus, McDaniel College, author of Taproot
“A scarily prescient novel that deftly explores the fraught connections between individuality, society, public policy, and technology.”
Courtney Harler, Harler Literary LLC
“An emotional, haunting tale leaves you with more questions than answers, and that’s a good thing. A memorable and timely reminder that there are no easy solutions when fear and conspiracy feed like hungry beasts and the innocent exist simply for the taking.”
PJ McIlvaine, screenwriter, author of My Horrible Year
Read an excerpt:
Amy L. Bernstein writes stories that let readers feel while making them think. Her novels include The Potrero Complex, The Nighthawkers, Dreams of Song Times, and Fran, The Second Time Around. Amy is an award-winning journalist, speechwriter, playwright, and certified nonfiction book coach. When not glued to a screen, she loves listening to jazz and classical music, drinking wine with friends, and exploring Baltimore’s glorious neighborhoods, which inspire her fiction.
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MY THOUGHTS -
Fast forward to 2030 in a post five-year pandemic world. They called it "The Big One " and if you survived you were one of the "Luckies". The author gave this a dystopian/post-apocalyptic feel which I absolutely love!
The two main characters, Rags and her partner Flint, two survivors set out in search of small town life in an attempt to escape the big city. Rags, it seems, has a horrible backstory which is slowly, kind of, revealed to us throughout the book as flashbacks and nightmares. Absolutely loved Rags, she was like a reporter vigilante. She is tough as nails, takes no crap from anyone, speaks her mind, and does what she wants... and I loved her! Flint, on the other hand was a total introvert. Quiet, sticking only to his computer world, coming out (often late at night) only when he has to, possibly to eat because he forgot to earlier. They are about as opposite as you can get.
There are a few different things going on in this book (post pandemic life, missing teens, and the Potrero complex) the author does a great job of keeping it all easy to follow and understandable. It kind of has a non-ending, which normally I hate, but it kind of works for this. I felt, ok about it. But, don't get me wrong! I want more Rags! I want a book 2! I want to know what happens!
I could absolutely see this being a movie or a limited series. So much fun. I am a big fan of the "Jessica Jones" series. I kept picturing Rags as "Jessica". The personality seemed to fit for me.
I have quite a few books already selected for my top 10 books of the year. But this one might just be IT. This one might just be my favorite book of the year. It’s going to take something pretty darn special to knock this one off the podium.
Fun, interesting, edgy... Fantastic read!
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