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Folks who enjoyed Sarah Addison Allen's debut novel Garden Spells will find The Sugar Queen to be similar. Both are set in a small North Carolina town, quirky characters abound, food is prevalent, and there's an element of magical realism and fairy-tale woven throughout the story. In the beginning of the novel, these similarities kind of bothered me; I felt as if I was re-reading Garden Spells. Josey's story (and that of the other supporting characters) took over and made those distractions less so. Every character in The Sugar Queen has a secret, and all kinds of secrets (infidelity, unrequited love, shame) are being hidden in the figurative closets of Bald Slope, NC. Addison Allen's characters are well-developed and ones that the reader cares about. The writing is well-done, and the plot moves along nicely - particularly towards the ending, when the book truly becomes a page turner. Others reviews that I've read mention that they predicted the ending; I had an idea about part of it, but as I read, it wasn't enough of an overbearing thought to spoil the ending for me - which I also liked. It would have been easy for the ending to be trite and contrived, but it didn't seem so to me. I found myself enjoying this novel, both the audio and the print version. (I'm guessing I listened to approximately 3/4 of the book, then read the rest.) Karen White's narration on the audio is excellent. This is a fast read and an enjoyable one for fans of Southern fiction with a dash of magical realism.
This book was pretty good. It's about a bunch of defeatest Australians that sit back and die. The entire world was engulfed in nuclear fallout from world war III. Australia is the only country left because they were far enough away from all the countries attacked, but the fallout is being carried their way on the world's currents. So anyway, everyone has six months or so to live, maybe less, maybe more. Apparently, there weren't any engineers. I would have shipped everyone out on the remaining nuclear powered submarine and went to the south pole. Everyone could be all bundled up and bring as many resources as possible and dig giant tunnels under the snow. Plenty of creatures live under the snow and ice during harsh winters. With enough clothing and food, we could survive there for hundreds of years until the world is ready to inhabit again. The entire continent is frozen water, so fresh drinking sources are all around us. If a true engineer was around, he could have taken the nuke sub and made the engine run electricity all over the complex and grow hydroponic food this way. My point, there was a chance for the human race to continue on this planet, but these pussy ass Aussies decided to just let themselves die or commit suicide. Other than the lame ass ending, its a good book.