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Into the Forest
by Jean Hegland

Published: 1998
Paperback : 241 pages
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Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their ...
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.

Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.

Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.

Editorial Review

Jean Hegland's prose in Into the Forest is as breathtaking as one of the musty, ancient redwoods that share the woodland with Nell and Eva, two sisters who must learn to live in harmony with the northern California forest when the electricity shuts off, the phones go out, their parents die, and all civilization beyond them seems to grind to a halt. At first, the girls rely on stores of food left in their parents' pantry, but when those supplies begin to dwindle, their only option is to turn to each other and the forest's plants and animals for friendship, courage, and sustenance. Into the Forest, an apocalyptic coming-of-age story, will fill readers (both teens and adults) with a profound sense of the human spirit's strength and beauty.

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What is one item that is part of everyday life which you truly could not live without? Music? Reading?
How would society today react to these changes? City dwellers as well as rural dwellers.
Would some cultures adapt more easily than others? If so which ones and why? Do same sex sibilings endure tragedies and challenges better than opposite sex siblings or even firiends?
by Evie (see profile) 02/01/11

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  "Apocalyptic, yet ultimately unrealistic "by [email protected] (see profile) 05/03/17

This literary post-apocalyptic novel is a bit of a coming-of-age, grow-up-fast tale about two sisters who ultimately are left alone in the woods to fend for themselves on the edge of civilization. Released... (read more)

 
  "Into the Forest"by Evie (see profile) 02/01/11

A friend of mine recommended this book. She also cautioned that while it is very small and appears to be an easy read it makes you think about this story being a reality in this day and age. What if... (read more)

 
  "Interesting Book"by hoeksjan (see profile) 12/08/09

Nice read....

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