Book: Foundations (The Journey of Why) by Christophor Rickcategories: Book, Speculative, Oppressive Society, Young Adult, Journey of Discovery, Future, Adventure, Political, Action, Retro Science Fiction
Christophor Rickabout this book: Foundations is a retro sci-fi book that takes a dark look at a potential future if we are not careful and observant now. It is full of symbolism and meaning. The opressive society is somewhat modeled on Communism in Czechoslovakia which I researched while living there for six years. While teaching English I asked a lot of questions of my students about what life was like under communism there. The sentence "that's how it is and how it will be" is a paraphrasing of what people there said at the time.
Myranda, the 12-year-old protagonist, asks questions. When she asks too many questions and asks the wrong questions, she gets sent to, essentially, a brainwashing re-education center. As she begins her journey she learns more about the world around her as well as herself.
That was the most difficult part of the book, trying to view it all through the eyes of a 12-year-old, let alone a girl.
The Journey of Why alludes to the one question that you cannot ask in an oppressive society like the one in the book. You can ask who, what, when, where and how. But when you ask why, it leads to revolution. Why are we doing this? Why are we doing what they say? Why don't we do something about things? Why don't we change our lives?
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