As humans, we are fascinated by the future. The idea of apocalypses, earth-shattering earthquakes, or aliens invading, but what if humans are the cause? For years scientists have been commenting on our unsustainable population growth. We'll run out of food, and water, and space. Barren by Joe Buckley explores this situation with a fresh and evocative perspective. When destruction looms, and fear takes over people become blinded, and that's just what happened. A few individuals with the means and influence change the course of human history forever. All it takes is one little pill.
Not all humans are happy with their salvation, and resistance has surfaced. Barren follows the story of each side of history; the ones with power, the ones with outrage, and the ones trapped in between.
Buckley's writing captivates the reader with individualistic characters who take you through a roller coaster of emotions. Each is flawed, and each is deep and relatable, even at their worst. The world that's painted is full of real places that have been weathered by time, riots, and desperation, leaving the reader imagining what he describes.
For a series outside of my usual genre preferences, I feel in love with Barren, and I cannot wait for the continuation.