Chewy’s Book Reviews: New Sun Rising

After a brief hiatus, Chewy is back with more book reviews!

About the Book:

Free for your reading pleasure, here are two tales of utopia.

New Sun Rising: Two Stories is the “appetizer” version of New Sun Rising: Ten Stories, available for preorder now and for sale May 25, 2015. These are linked stories, in the spirit of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. They are about a sixteen-year old girl, Kedzie Greer, who was raised in a utopian community and leaves home to make her way in a dystopian society. The year is 2199; the place, the Reunited States.

If you want to get into the main story at once, begin with “Leaving Home.” It is about Kedzie’s decision to seek a life outside the town gates. She finds a job that horrifies her parents, who think they raised her too well and protected her too much. They fear she is not suited for life anywhere BUT their idyllic town.

If you want to begin with background on the town, start with “The Town With Four Names.” The town has had a long strange trip from its beginning in the late nineteenth century, when it resembled the Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua science fiction – this is a first.

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And now, Chewy’s review!


Wow, a SHORT book for a change! Only 50 pages in the little print edition I got as a special present.

I hear there is an ebook at Amazon, but why would I read an ebook when I can read New Sun Rising as a paperback and chew it up afterwards? It is just the right size for chewing!

What I like: The stories are set in what looks like a great place for a dog: a little lakeside village where people are kind and there is room to roam. I could run on the lakeshore. I could investigate a billion things. I could lie on Kedzie Greer’s porch on a summer evening.

Here is what I don’t get: This girl Kedzie wants to LEAVE her beautiful town where she can run and play at will, and go out into the world.

The world in 2199 in the Reunited States does not look like a good place. I am sure I am right about this. Where are the lakes and green paths?

Kedzie’s parents agree with me. They are horrified that she wants to go away. Run away from home, and you could get hit by a car and die by the side of the road. Or you could wander till you die of hunger and loneliness.

To sum up: I liked the first story, \”The Town With Four Names,\” because it is about the town where Kedzie lives. But by the end of the second story, \”Leaving Home,\” I was worried for her. She seems like a very foolish pup to me…

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