Martians

Martians

eBook - 2015
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Random House, Inc.
In a near-future world of exurban decay studded with big box stores, daily routine revolves around shopping—for those who can. For Zoë, the mission is simpler: live.

Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat." Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means "life," and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

Baker & Taylor
Accepting a bleak retail megastore job in a near-future world of exurban decay after she is abandoned, "last girl" Zoë Zindleman struggles to survive among other disaffected and forgotten kids while trying to keep a sense of purpose in her life. By the award-winning author of The Freak Observer.

Publisher: Somerville :, Candlewick Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9780763680503
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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JCLChrisK Apr 05, 2017

This is a book of ideas. A slight character story overlaid on a world of big ideas. Amusingly sad; sadly amusing. Consider, for instance, its beginning:

"Sexual Responsibility is boring.

"It isn't Ms. Brody's fault. She's a good teacher. She switches channels at appropriate moments, tases students who need tasing--zizzz-ZAAPPP!--and she only once got stuck in the garbage can beside her teaching station. She was a teeny bit weepy that day, but no drunker than normal . . . "

Zoe lives in a near future world where capitalism and corporatism have run amok. In school, "we learn not only Sexual Responsibility but also Communication, Math, Corporate History, and Consumer Citizenship." Her life is an extrapolation from dynamics currently at play in our world. Those things have been exaggerated, but they are far from invented, and the book is full of sharp social commentary. Zoe's story, while poignant, could have been longer, deeper, and fuller. That social commentary, though, is hilariously, depressingly spot on, and makes this entirely worth reading.

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JCLChrisK Apr 05, 2017

Wanting is only human. Humans are only wants. My purpose is to see tiny seeds of wanting that I can magnify and satisfy. Then, because I am human, too, I will want stuff. The cycle is so beautiful. I will belong.

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