Lost in Arcadia

  • by Sean Gandert
  • Narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The America of 2037 is a country distracted by, infatuated with, and addicted to Arcadia.
The brainchild of reclusive genius Juan Diego Reyes, Arcadia is a wickedly immersive, all-encompassing social-media platform and virtual-reality interface. Although Arcadia has made the Reyes family fabulously wealthy, it's left them - and the rest of the country - impoverished of that rare currency: intimacy. When Juan Diego mysteriously vanishes, the consequences shatter the lives of the entire Reyes clan.
As matriarch Autumn struggles to hold the family together, siblings Gideon, Holly, and Devon wrestle with questions of purpose and meaning - seeking self-worth in a world where everything has been cheapened. Outside the artificial safety of Arcadia, America has crumbled into an unrecognizable nation where a fundamentalist ex-preacher occupies the Oval Office, megacorporations blithely exploit their full citizenship, and a twenty-foot-high Great Wall of Freedom plastered with lucrative advertising bestrides the US-Mexican border.
In a polarized society now cripplingly hooked on manufactured highs, the Reyes family must overcome the seduction of simulation to find the kind of authentic human connection that offers salvation for all.

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Very timely, given the current US political climate

I was hesitant to choose this book as my kindle first selection because of the polarizing reviews, but I did, and I really enjoyed it. The novel, which is set about twenty years in the future from the publication date, is very timely, given our current political situation in the US, and I appreciated the many parallels that could be drawn between the book's projected dystopian future and reality as it stands today. The bleak view of what might be in store for us if things keep following their current path is as scary as it should be, while still delivering an entertaining storyline. The POV skips around from chapter to chapter, but Gandert manages to do so in a skillful way that kept me invested in each different character, even the ones I didn't really like. The narrator was great, and did a good job with voicing multiple characters in a scene without it getting confusing.

I docked a star because the ending was a bit abrupt and confusing, and left me wanting more of an explanation for some things and more clarity on what was happening. I'm hoping there will be a sequel eventually that will help tie up the loose and knotted ends.

Overall, I recommend this book.
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- Stacy H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio