- Author S. G. Redling
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this, and I was surprised at the intensity of the story right from the beginning. Flowertown tells the story of what happens when a chemical spill means an entire community is quarantined from the outside world… for years. With relationships growing tense, supplies running out, and conspiracies going wild, Flowertown dives right in with our heroine Ellie, and doesn’t let up until the end.
What really got me hooked on the story was how realistic the premise is, how well handled each detail is, even down to the codes being used by the medical staff to categorise each inhabitant. There’s a whodunit element, in that you’re never quite sure who to trust, and there are twists and turns along the way that keep you constantly guessing.
I really enjoyed the book, from start to finish, and I think it would be perfect for an adaptation to the screen - TV or film. Such strong characters, such heroics and cowardliness throughout, and the political tensions that can only come from putting all our faith in the pharmaceutical companies. Great stuff.