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The upper towns are domed to protect the rich from the foul air that permeates the world, from the waste that fills the air, and fumes that blacken the sky from the smoke stacks of the factories. The water is heavily rationed in the lower towns and barely drinkable, so fouled by the chemicals that fill the rivers and springs.
While in the upper town the water is purified even in the fountains and swimming pools that grace the world of the high and mighty. The shops, boutiques, restaurants, and museums are crowded in the upper town, music can be heard everywhere, and the flowers grow tall and beautiful. While the people of the lower towns work six days a week, in sixteen to eighteen hour shifts.
There one day of is Sunday, it is then that the men and young boys must be found in church, while the women and girls are kept at home, for they are considered to be beasts for breeding and less important than the animals that grace the zoos of the upper towns. Food is scarce in the lower town and the only market is the company store.
The world has stepped back into the dark ages. Nearly all hope is gone to those not born into wealth and only the prophecy that one day a young woman will come who can control the magic of the between times keeps the poor going. It is said she will be able to pull on the energy of all those who are of like mind, wrap that energy together and send it into the world to remake it. Marta Moran Bishop takes the reader through a possible future.
Unlike Orwell's, Animal Farm and 1984, or Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, The Between Times is not based on the government "Big Brother," but rather it is written using a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that says corporations are people.
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By Sarah Flynn on 03-08-15
Wished it wouldn't end
With a fervent imagination adeptly
used, it brings this author's world courageously to the reader.
Marta Moran Bishop is someone you want to know.She conveys the soul of her character and makes you want to know more about the genesis of the shadow self she lets out, I would suspect, only by her writing and now by audiobook.
I would not want to visit Moran Bishop's dreams though; too disturbing I would guess, but her fable is a relatable adventure into the mind of the writer as well as a cautionary tale set in the future and fresh from today's