I received this book at no cost from the publisherPlatform Dwellers by Katarina Boudreaux
Published by Owl Hollow Press on May 8, 2018
On the remnants of oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Dauphin Island, Joe is a typical Nob Platform teenager, except that her Mom left a year ago for a more social Platform, and her Dad sometimes forgets she exists. But she knows she wants a career in Communications, so her high school senior project “See-Saw” focuses on long-distance underwater connections. Drayton, Joe’s best friend, discovers lights moving on Land at the same time Joe picks up SOS signals with her See-Saw.
Though Land has been silent since technology was destroyed during the Moralist Revolution, Joe and Drayton discover that the Platform Planning Commission (PPC) seems to be ultimately responsible for the Bone Virus that precipitated the Revolution. They enlist the help of Flox, a debunked scientist, to take them to Land to investigate the remnants of human Land society—before the PPC can stop them. What they find on Land will forever change the course of their lives and the lives of all Platform Dwellers.
Imagine a world where information is on a need to know basis and limited, where natural resources have been ruined and the government is in strict control. In, PLATFORM DWELLERS, this dystopian seems more real world than anything I have read lately. I devoured this story in under 5 hours and it kept my attention until I read the last page. These teens live on a drifting piece of land known as a platform and controlled by the Planning Commission. Each teen is expected to contribute to society in a professional manner and Joe, the star of this show, has her eye set on underwater communications. When her project actually works, she gets a communication from the Land.
As Joe and her friends, especially her best friend, Drayton, decide to explore and go to the Land, they discover a much more sinister world. The Land is what is left of the Moralist Revolution which left me with feelings of what is happening to our world right now. Of course, the chemistry develops between Drayton and Joe that just seems right. This is an adventure you don’t want to miss. I could really go on but I don’t want to reveal all of the plot points since it would ruin it for you.
Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying.
Her chapbook “Anatomy Lessons” is available from Flutter Press. Her play “Awake at 4:30” is a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival. Her novel “Still Tides” is a semi-finalist in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of PLATFORM DWELLERS, US Only.
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