The world is running out of time as the American political system is trapped in an accelerating death-spiral into irrationality. The country becomes increasingly more polarized as rapidly rising seawater separates ‘wet’ states from ‘dry’ states. Parts of South Florida surrender to the sea as carcasses of once-chic beachfront hotels poke out from the ocean floor. ‘Guest’ agricultural workers from Mexico hand-pollinate fruit trees and vegetable crops in a desperate effort to maintain the country’s food supply. California’s once plentiful fruits are now as rare as caviar in post-Tsarist Russia.
Out of this chaos emerges Rebecca Tree, the rebellious granddaughter of America’s most powerful politician, Merewether Tree. A successful inventor and businesswoman, Rebecca’s life is marked by a string of tragedies, having lost both parents at the age of two and her twin sister Allison at the age of four.
When Rebecca’s brother (the current president of the United States) dies, her grandfather blackmails her into entering the race for the White House. Rebecca begins uncovering family secrets while trying to restore rationality to an embittered country . . . if only she can avoid the team hell-bent on assassinating her.
Review: If you’re in the mood for a political thriller, I can’t recommend Rebecca Tree enough. In an intense potential future for both America and the world, global warming has already started to take its toll, bringing devestation to every corner of the globe. And of course the American political system is having issues of its own as pressures (and water levels) rise.
Rebecca Tree is a character who I initially struggled to understand but was soon rooting for as her complicated past and family connections put her in the middle of a pretty intense conspiracy. The writing itself was well done throughout, pulling in a quick pace with interesting details that brought this harsh reality to light.
Honestly, my only complaint at all about this story was that I almost passed up on it because the cover didn’t grab me in the slightest. While the look of the black white and red is striking, the overall look doesn’t do nearly enough justice to the quality of the story within. But if you feel the same way, please don’t let that that stop you from picking up Rebecca Tree. It also looks like Michael Abramson has a few other books already out in the world so I’ll absolutely be checking those out.