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  • Title: Pills and Starships
  • Author: Lydia Millet
  • ISBN: 9781617752766
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback

  • In this richly imagined dystopic future brought by global warming, seventeen year old Nat and her hacker brother Sam have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents Final Week The few Americans who still live well also live long so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disinteIn this richly imagined dystopic future brought by global warming, seventeen year old Nat and her hacker brother Sam have come by ship to the Big Island of Hawaii for their parents Final Week The few Americans who still live well also live long so long that older adults bow out not by natural means but by buying death contracts from the corporates who now run the disintegrating society by keeping the people happy through a constant diet of pharma Nat s family is spending their pharma guided last week at a luxury resort complex called the Twilight Island Acropolis.Deeply conflicted about her parents decision, Nat spends her time keeping a record of everything her family does in the company supplied diary that came in the hotel s care package While Nat attempts to come to terms with her impending parentless future, Sam begins to discover cracks in the corporates agenda and eventually rebels against the company his parents have hired to handle their last days Nat has to choose a side Does she let her parents go gently into that good night, or does she turn against the system and try to break them out But the deck is stacked against Nat and Sam in this oppressive environment, water and food are scarce, mass human migrations are constant, and new babies are illegal As the week nears its end, Nat rushes to protect herself and her younger brother from the corporates while also forging a path toward a future that offers the hope of redemption for humanity This page turning first YA novel by critically acclaimed author Lydia Millet is stylish and dark and yet deeply hopeful, bringing Millet s characteristic humor and style to a new generation of young readers.
    Lydia Millet
    Lydia Millet born December 5, 1968 is an American novelist and conservationist Her third novel, My Happy Life, won the 2003 PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, and she has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize as well as a Guggenheim fellow, among other honors Laura Miller of Salon has described Millet s writing as always flawlessly beautiful, reaching for an experience that precedes language itself Millet has written books and stories that range from the philosophical to the satirical, on matters including the inventors of the atom bomb, political culture under George H.W Bush, the discovery of mermaids in a coral reef and the crises of extinction and climate change She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona with her two children and works for the Center for Biological Diversity.


    Meh.t a deep or fluff book. The elements of science fiction are there but not explored in an outstanding or novel way. The story would fall into the category of dystopian and futuristic saga. But the characters are weak and the plot has a lot of hole that needed to be explored . Read this one if you want an easy read but don’t expect a deep understanding of science fiction.

    E. Anderson
    I suppose we've all glimpsed a future -- either in fiction or in our imaginations -- in which the Earth is completely destroyed. That is not a new story, and Lydia Millet has no intention to sell it as such. What is new about her debut YA, PILLS AND STARSHIPS, is the solution that the government has found in order to deal with the wasteland that future Americans will call home.In PILLS AND STARSHIPS, the young are highly vaccinated and medicated for mood, and they often don't spend face-to-face [...]

    J.G. Follansbee
    One of the great problems with discussions of climate change is the bleak future they tend to paint. In the worst cases, the ice caps melt, rising seas flood coastal cities, diseases mutate and run rampant, institutions value people by their carbon footprint, and mega-storms wreak havoc on what’s left. Add to this rising economic inequality and the domination of the poor by the rich and you have a pretty depressing mix. It’s no wonder most people would rather talk about the latest celebrity [...]

    Vanessa Blakeslee
    This is speculative literature at its best. After disappointing encounters with dystopic novels such as "Pure," "America Pacifica," and "California" here's a book with a smart protagonist, believably-built, post-climate change world, page-turning plot, and finely crafted sentences, not to mention humor and hope. Adult readers need not hesitate that this novel is being marketed as YA; in the skilled hands of Lydia Millet, you'll be swept into a world as compellingly drawn as those of David Mitche [...]

    A very intriguing little book about the world when the environment finally bites us back. I didn't always like the writing style for this one and it grated on me. Saying "treehug" for tree hugger is one example of the type of futuristic speak I found strange and a little alienating at times. I also wasn't sure what to make of the author's attitude towards mood altering drugs until she makes a pretty clear statement at the end that clarified she's not anti antidepressants. I wish thus had come so [...]

    Really interesting book. What is so thought provoking, is the fact I can actually see a future like the one in the book. Even though this is a work of fiction, I wonder if one day in the future, our children or grandchildren will have this world as our legacy to them. But, beyond that gruesome thought, the book was wonderful. The characters were believable and likable. And, in the end, it gives you hope. Good job.

    Edward Sullivan
    A provocative, absorbing, richly imagined story set in a near dystopic future brought about by global warming. There are echoes of other classic dystopian stories in this novel but Millet's prose is more elegant and storytelling nuanced compared to the many other YA novels in this genre.

    Lee-ann Dunton
    One of the best YA dystopians I've read, I think. The book truly focused on what would become of the world if we continue down this path of climate change denial. And there were no love triangles!!! I love a good, well-thought out dystopian novel, and this one definitely didn't disappoint.

    Jessie Potts
    3.5 stars*I listened to the audio*So I wasn't fond of the beginning of the book. It took a while to get in to and the constant 'oh my starship friend' was a bit irritating. I also didn't like that I had no idea what was really going on in the world. Nat, as our narrator, didn't really understand why the world was like how it was, why she took pills, why Sam was a hacker, what was actually going on and why people took out contracts, so I didn't either. I'm not really a fan of journal/diary writin [...]

    review also found at kristineandterri/I received an advanced readers copy of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is June 10th 2014. **warning to others who are reading this as an uncorrected proof. There are a lot of errors in this i.e. the letter F and the combination of TH is missing from the majority of the book. Try to get past this and you will be rewarded**This was a very interesting read for me. Told in the form of jo [...]

    A brief rant re: this book. 1) No more exposition conducted by way of a letter to an imagined alien floating in a starship above earth. If you need to explain the conditions of a future world to your readers, please make the explanation not feel like a terrible forcefeeding. 2) No more eco-fables that involve teenage girls discovering the beauty of the natural world that was by crushing on a native Hawaiian. Ick. 3) I am not sure why this book exists. I know Millet is widely loved by a discernin [...]

    Shelli Huntley
    Maybe I'm just tired of YA dystopian fiction. This book had a slow beginning, with a great deal of exposition. Once the author had finished explaining the world and its rules, the action kicked in and made the second half of the book more interesting.

    Shauna Yusko
    Can't finish. Not clicking with me. Hoping Mike will read it so I don't have to. Great cover though.

    Blodeuedd Finland
    It could have been good, but the writing was slow, and the whole writing to an imaginary friend thing, no. It dragged

    I think "richly imagined" in this case is code for "rambling" and "navel gazey." I'm only partly through Day One and I'm already tired of having everything told to me. Sure, it's all ironic and dark that chipmunks poll better than squirrels and we're all on drugs, but like, whatever. I don't care, you 17 year old who is tired of life. I really don't. This book reads like a sci-fi short that doesn't understand that this kind of message has the most impact when it stays short.

    Gordon Gravley
    There are plot-driven books. There are character-driven books. This is the first setting-driven book I've ever read. The story revolves around a single event - the last days of a mother and father as their children watch the parents' engineered end-of-life, a necessary phenomenon of an over-populated, dying planet. The very richly drawn setting encompasses everything that happens as we experience the (possible) results of a precarious future affected by climate change. A unique work.

    Chris Brown
    I really enjoyed this tale of a family struggling with the reality of a dystopic future. Unlike many YA novels with female protagonists, the plot does not revolve around romance. I found the main character relatable and the world on the brink well thought out.This was an audio book, and the narrator (Mozhan Marno) perfectly accentuates the material and is easy to listen too.

    When I was going to choose this book I read one review that complained about its title not making any sense - eh, not really true. The entire novel is framed with a narrative of journal entries written to another imaginary teen in a starship orbiting earth. The novel starts and ends with this idea in mind - so it's pretty clear to me that was tied into the title of the novel since it's the entire frame of it. And the pills - they take pills throughout this whole novel too. In fact, the pills bec [...]

    If you could dream or really have a nightmare of a future where the population is controlled by the government you would be dreaming of the world portrayed in Lydia Millet’s ‘Pills and Starships‘. Welcome to the future where the big business and governments are in control and maintain that control with distributed drugs.It’s not a future that seems that unrealistic when you take into consideration Millet’s outlook on the present day ecological damage of our planet and how it can create [...]

    Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/Pills and Starships felt very much like a modern take on Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four, translating a lot of the ideals and literary feel of 1950s dystopian projections into our current zeitgeist. Less bleak than Orwell's vision (perhaps to appeal to the YA genre in which this book is written), the death of individuality is replaced with the death of the ecosystem. Ultimately, an easy to follow read with a slow first half and a lot o [...]

    There are moments of serendipity in any given reading life, when you take on a book by faith and/or chance, and you end up with something better and more beautiful than you ever expected. The cover and title of Lydia Millet's Pills and Starships intrigued me enough that I read the back cover copy – twice. I’ve been drowning a bit under the weight of books I promised to read, so it seemed foolhardy to take on another. I am glad I didn’t listen to my practical side, because Millet’s YA deb [...]

    Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I'm writing this honest review to say thank youWow. Just wow. This book was beautiful, deep, poetic, though provoking, and bittersweet. Don't be fooled by the low page count either, this is not a light, nor is it a quick read. It's dense and will pull you in and not let you go. I was originally drawn to this book because of the title (it's rather snappy) and the cover. While there are a lot of pills in the book, there [...]

    Featured in "Reading on a Theme: Unpleasant Futures" on Intellectual Recreation.In this dystopic future Nat and her brother Sam have come to Hawaii to "celebrate" their parents' final week of life. Choosing one's death date is common in Nat's world where the old can live very long lives and become more and more depressed as they age; thus, corporations have arisen to usher the elderly to their deaths. In a world full of dystopia stories, I really think that Lydia Millet's is special. I loved the [...]

    The cover and title are what initially got my attention about Pills and Starships, but then I read the description and it says babies are illegal! That's when I knew I had to read this! Then I started reading, and knew I made a good decision, because it's written as a journal! Natalie, her brother Sam, and their parents are spending a week in Hawaii, and are required to keep a journal of their time there. This isn't some fun family vacation though. They're there for the parents' "Final Week." Ba [...]

    M. Fenn
    I received a paperback copy of Lydia Millet’s Pills and Starships as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer. The cover caught my interest when it appeared on the list of giveaways and I was pleased that I won a copy.Pills and Starships is a young adult future dystopian tale that takes place in Earth’s not too distant future. The protagonist, Natalie (Nat) is a teenaged girl who, with her brother Sam, has traveled to Hawai’i to say goodbye to her parents, who have chosen to commit corporate-sanction [...]

    Lydia Millet fills that juicy space that craves something weird but human. This book preys on my deepest fears about a world taken over by technology and is certainly an interesting apocalypse interpretation; the main characters escape one prison to enter another. The end was a bit sentimental.

    Kristi Bernard
    Natalie's world in her journal is a place where she escapes. She writes in a journal as if she were talking to the aliens that would arrive after her world is gone. She writes about how life was in stories she heard from her aging parents and information obtained by watching old screen shows. In her present world pop-up adds on corporate veneer cloud the place she lives, the last of the forests are being eaten by beetles, people are standing in line for medicines to cure diseases brought on by m [...]

    For as many dystopian novels as I've read, you'd think I'd be tired of them. But then authors like Lydia Millet come up with an incredibly new and clever storyline, so I have to keep reading them. In Millet's world, people live much longer than they do now. Nat's parents had her when they were in their 60s, and now in the 80s they feel as though they've lived long enough. But this idea of ending one's life isn't a shock; it's actually the norm. There's an whole industry that's grown up around ma [...]

    Pavarti Tyler
    A wonderfully unique Young Adult Novel, Pills and Starships has an amazing premise. People no longer just die, they choose the time and go on a kind of family retreat to "be" and "heal" together before their final goodbye. Kind of fucked up right? But also kind of awesome. And that's the problem. The main character Nat, pulls us right in to the story by using the "Healing Journal" she's given during her parent's GoodBye Week and writing down everything that happens, everything that led to this t [...]

    This author is acclaimed for her adult novels, so I was hopeful that this was going to be really strong and smart. In the end, the world she created didn't make as much sense as I'd hoped. I bought into the possibility that many of those things could happen, but in a world where so many people's lives are controlled by pharmaceuticals (pharms) it would seem a lot easier method for population control--and something that clearly could have been done in earlier generations to keep people, even in t [...]

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