Note: I received a free ARC of this book from Common Deer Press in return for an honest review. (Thanks CDP!) This does not affect my review in any way.
The population of Ooolandia (a world much like our own but with an extra “O”) is hypnotized by the culture of MORE. Citizens of all kinds and colors go about their lives unaware that hidden in the fog of everydayness a great calamity is approaching.
Banshooo, an amazingly mindful monkey, works for the Ooolandian Department of Nature with his colleague a mathlete mouse. Together they have amassed data proving, beyond any doubt, that the natural world is losing the stability necessary to sustain life. Unfortunately, their warnings are ignored by the authorities who are planning to phase out nature altogether.
Freaky winds, icy earthquakes, and mutant anemones plague the landscape. After a wildly devastating storm, Banshooo has a vision revealing the connection between Ooolandia and the Unseen World — a connection that lies deep within and far beyond all that is seen. This connection is vital to Ooolandia’s survival, and it is fraying. He realizes he must take radical action. Along with his quirky sidekick (a one-off of unique appearance whose primary interest is snacking), he sets out on a journey beyond the surface of the Seen to bring back proof of the true nature of nature.
Genre: Ecofiction, Dystopian, Adventure
I’d probably never have given this book a second glance if it hadn’t been given to me for free. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover(and at times, the blurb) and this book is one of them.
‘Threshold’ is an amalgam of genres: adventure, sci-fi, mysticism, dystopian, it’s got a bit of almost everything and Patricia makes it all work seamlessly! (There was no romance though but you won’t miss it. And that’s coming from someone who HAS to have some romance in a story to read it). Its style and the world Oolandia presides in is reminiscent of the ones in ‘1984’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and a smidgen of ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’. Her messages are obvious, there’s no doubt that ‘Threshold’ is about the consequences of mankind’s relentless exploitation of the natural world, all in the name of ‘progress’. Although she shoves this message down your throat it’s made bearable with sprinklings of mystery and humor throughout the story. I am ASTOUNDED at just how accurate Patricia has depicted our current world, and with animals as protagonists! The novel also deals with racism, power and injustice in the corporate world, morality and a handful of other topics as well. Many points in the book resonated with me.
Some of the humor seemed forced, especially that of those coming from the stereotypical cornball sidekick, Taboook. The book got quite cheesy in some parts but, hey, you can’t have everything, right?
‘Threshold’ by Patricia J. Anderson is not a book you simply discard after reading. It’s a dire warning and a plea to everyone alive; change our ways and do our bit, or accept the fact that this earth won’t hold out much longer.
As Sid says in the book, “Some will see, some won’t. But it must be shown.”
I’ll leave you with some quotes.
One of my favorites in this book:
‘Sorry to be the one to tell you this, old chap, but Ooolandia isn’t a democracy anymore.’
‘What is it then?’
‘It’s a business. Has been for some time now.’
And one that I hate(you’ll know when you read it):
‘Hmmm. Not bad. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside.’
Should you get this book?
Get it if:
- You’re not looking for romance in a book
- You don’t want a long read
- You’re looking for books with gravity and some wisdom
- You prefer satirical novels
- You want something along the lines of Douglas Adams’ works
Don’t get it if:
- You don’t like fiction with animal characters
- You’re looking for a beach read
Parental Guidance: PG-13
One line mention of the drug Meth in chapter 7.
Where to read this: Amazon