1984 meets LOST in this Sci-Fi/Dystopian nightmare…
By Lee Matthew Goldberg
Title: ORANGE CITY
Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Genre: Sci-fi / Dystopian
Imagine a secret, hidden City that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the City forever. You can never leave.
Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the "Man" who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the Man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.
After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.
A dynamic mash-up of 1984 meets LOST, Orange City is a lurid, dystopian first book in a series that will continue with the explosive sequel Lemonworld.
E has been tasked by The Man to get Graham to the city. Once in the city, E is to watch over Graham. Things go side ways when Graham gets a taste of POW. A soda drink that is more than just a soda. There are many different flavors but orange is the one that Graham can't get enough of.
The first book I read from this author was The Mentor. I absolutely loved that book. It blew my mind in a great way. I was instantly hooked and wanted to read more books by this author. In fact, I can still remember this book years later. My next book from this author fell down the scale for me to be middle of the road. Yet, I have to say that it is moving in the right direction again with this newest book.
I can't wait to read the sequel Lemonworld. I am sure it will guarantee to be a wild ride like this first book. While, this book may have a take on the dystopian genre; it could actually be reality. The way that our current society is so "social media" focused, it could be easy to see how this story could be reality. "Drink the kool aid" or in other words "Drink Pow".
Most everything you read or see on the internet is not the whole truth but unless you are willing to not "Drink the kool aid", it can be easy to miss the truth.
"In his compelling novel, ORANGE CITY, novelist LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG, has crafted a unique dystopian thriller that manages to reveal our greatest fears about emerging technology and our anxieties at what the future holds." - Raymond A. Villareal, Author of A People's History of the Vampire Uprising.
“Lee Matthew Goldberg's brutal, fast-paced thriller is a compelling reminder of how our society is always a few small steps away from a dystopia." -- Robert Repino, Author of Mort(e) and the "War with No Name" series.
"An ambitious dystopian series debut, this hair-raising science fiction novel is perfect for fans of layered conspiracies, altered realities, and eerie dystopias."-- Publishers Weekly, BookLife.
"Imagine Man in the High Tower (with a Stalin slant) mixed with Terry Gilliam's Brazil and Max Barry's Syrup. That's pretty much what Mr. Goldberg deftly delivers in Orange City." -- 23rd Legion