Review: Far North - Marcel Theroux
Title Far North
Author Marcel Theourx
Stand Alone or series I read in some site that this would be a trilogy.
Makepeace calls himself sheriff of his hardscrabble town, but he is also its only resident - the last of a group of settlers who have fled the poisoned cities of the West. The miraculous appearance of a refugee from the vast emptiness of the forest awakens this loner to a longing for life among others, but when he takes to the road, Makepeace finds a world unraveling: deserted cities with trees shooting up through the asphalt; stockaded villages enforcing a rough and uncertain justice; mysterious slave camps laboring to harness the little-understood technologies of an expired civilization. On his side, Makepeace has resilience, a sense of humor that comes to life at the diciest moments, and a well-concealed core of humanity: a resource that will be his salvation.
Far North leads the reader on a quest through an unforgettable arctic landscape. Suffused with an ecstatic awareness of the fragility of the world, and its sometimes unexpected ability to recover from our worst trespasses, Far North is a muscular, visionary novel of retribution and forgiveness.
Makepeace is a loner, an outsider who is trying to surive the apocalypse that befallen the Far North (Siberia). During the novel she mets some interesting characters that makes her change her ways. This novel also takes some influence from some westerns. I remember reading some small books with westerns and the writing style reminds of that.
If I have a complain is the lack of a plot. There isn't a plot per se. This novel is a character work. The book being in the first person perspective contribuies even more to that. Makepeace travels and as soon as she arrives at a place another journey began... So the book never had an ending. Maybe that's why I read somewhere that it should have a sequel. I will read it if it comes out.
"The cranes lurch south each fall. Each year the wilderness reclaims a little more. Each year taiga riots on another tract of the city. Each month that goes brings closer the time of your departure."