Friday, June 15, 2012
The Bird Saviors by William J Cobb
Ruby likes watching the birds. She knows people fear them because they think they carry the virus, but she's not sure that's true. Since there aren't many left, she develops her own names for them. The names reflect their personalities. Then she sees an ad that says someone is looking for an assistant to help them count birds...
Unbridled Books and Net Galley allowed me to download this ebook for review (thank you). It has just been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore.
Ruby is a young woman living at home with her father and her baby girl. Her mother has moved out. Her father is a very controlling male who believes his decisions are superior. He's also a Mormon who has created his own group of followers and spouts religious quotes all day. He feels he's the only one who can pick a good man for his daughter to marry. His choice is a pawn shop owner that already has two wives and is a lot older than Ruby. She's not impressed.
The other characters in this story are all mix and match. Some good, some bad, some in between. Nothing goes exactly like anyone had planned and folks here aren't living happily ever after. When you get pink snow and life is fragile and hard scrabble, folks get mean.
I was a bit surprised to see a man had written this story. He has very good insight in human character and offered honest reactions from both sexes.
Everything is a bit off in this dystopian world, including the characters. It's an interesting read.