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August 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
Siobhan Adcock discusses her new novel, The Completionist.
Praise for The Completionist
“Thoughtful, suspenseful, and shot through with dark humor, The Completionist creates a future world near enough to our own that the familiarity stings and sings. Violence, climate change, invasive technologies, and the erosion of women’s freedoms–none of this is science fiction, but the novel harnesses these destructive forces toward an original and imaginative end. And the people who inhabit these pages are vivid, defiant reminders of the sustaining powers of purpose, honor, and family love.”—Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and June
“Intense, chilling, visionary and compulsively readable, Adcock’s dystopian literary thriller takes on environmental collapse and reproductive rights with passion and vivid world-building. Comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale are inevitable, though Adcock has her own things to say about the horrific costs of a society bent on controlling women’s freedoms.” —Sari Wilson, Girl Through Glass
“How rare it is to find such a seamless, brilliant combination of action and ideas, unique world and complex characterization. The Completionist unfolds a compelling mystery within a disquieting but strangely familiar world, with a tense, taut atmosphere keeps you turning the pages, and a family you can’t help but root for as they try, and often fail, to save each other.”—Julia Fierro, bestselling author of Cutting Teeth and The Gypsy Moth Summer
About The Completionist
In a near future in which plummeting birth rates have ominous political and personal implications for women, a young man’s search for his missing sister leads him into a disturbing and desperate underworld, where bitter freedoms are bought at a terrible price.
A young Marine, Carter Quinn, comes home from war to his fractured family, in a near-future America in which water is artificially engineered and technology is startlingly embedded in people’s everyday lives. At the same time, a fertility crisis has terrifying implications for women, including Carter’s two beloved sisters, Fred and Gardner. Fred, accomplished but impetuous, the eldest sibling, is naturally pregnant—a rare and miraculous event that puts her independence in jeopardy. And Gardner, the idealistic younger sister who lived for her job as a Nurse Completionist, has mysteriously vanished, after months of disturbing behavior. Carter’s efforts to find Gard (and stay on Fred’s good side) keep leading him back home to their father, a veteran of a decades-long war just like Carter himself, who may be concealing a painful truth that could save or condemn them all.