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Ally occupy the high ground while the mostly coppertoned Surplus live on swampland if they're lucky on the water if they're not The story To a Surplus couple he was a professor she's still a lawyer is born a Blasian girl with a golden arm At two Gwen is hurling her stuffed animals from the crib; by ten she can hit whatever target she likes with a baseball; her teens find her playing happily in an underground Surplus league When AutoAmerica re ente. Baseball isn’t my thing to watch but I read a lot of novels and non fiction where baseball and its players are featured Empty seats by Wanda Adams Fischer See No Color by Shannon Gibney Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes and Undefeated Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin had some baseball too and the fantasy novel Summerland by Michael Chabon It seems improbable to me that these two are the only speculative fiction with baseball as a central conceit Do you know of others List them in the comments please Here like Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel it’s a way to explore a dystopia Gwen’s world is racist sexist clifi people receive a basic income are fed unhealthy food are spied on constantly the population of AutoAmerica is divided into the Surplus like Gwen’s family who live in a house but most of the neighbors live in house boats The Netted have jobs and homes can go to university are made to look white and blond Gwen was born with a golden arm her parents find a way for her to play baseball illegally When the government needs her gifts to play they send her to university then the Olympics Her coach calls her a female Satchel Paige She has to research who that is Like Station Eleven this is a hopeful dystopian novel because it takes place when people are finding ways to do than survive; they learn to thrive and resist Recommended by Suzanna Hermans at Oblong Books on 2420 on WAMC Borrowed from my public library

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The ResistersRs the Olympics with a special eye on beating ChinRussia Gwen attracts interest Soon she's at Net U falling in love with her coach and considering crossing over even as her mother is challenging the AutoAmerican Way with lawsuits that will prove very dangerous An astonishing story of an America that seems only too possible and of a family struggling to maintain its humanity in circumstances that threaten their every value even their very existence. This novel is slow to start and has distracting invented terms but so glad I stuck with it Swirling with suspense action and detailed baseball plays it touches many current trends Unlike other dystopian novels this one’s strong point is worldbuilding Not a grim book at all but very possible Good book if you like dystopian literature and baseball 35 ★s

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review The Resisters 103 Æ An audacious marvel of a novel about baseball and a future America from the always inventive and exciting author of The Love Wife and Who's IrishThe time a not so distant future The place AutoAmerica The land half under water The Internet the new face of government is Aunt Nettie a mix of artificial intelligence surveillance technology andAn audacious marvel of a novel about baseball and a future America from the always inventive and exciting author of The Love Wife and Who's IrishThe time a not so distant future The place AutoAmerica The land half under water The Internet the new face of government is Aunt Nettie a mix of artificial intelligence surveillance technology and pesky maxims The people have been divided and no one is happy The angel fair Netted still have jobs and liter. It’s as if the author prepared to write this book by Googling a bunch of baseball jargon and then regurgitating every term they learned Then they took a bunch of emerging technologies and tried to shoehorn them into baseball games smashing their names together to make utterly ridiculous and twee names like PermaDerm How’dIDo HowdHeDo DoItAgainSam and GreetingGram and expecting it to somehow not come off as a complete farce Then slapping some class ineuality on top to make it woke shipping it off to a publisher and cashing a checkPitchers who have nothing in their arsenal are called junkballers This book is as fun to read as rooting for a past their prime junkballer just chucking one lifeless fastball after another Before you know it it’s 10 0 in the third inning and you wonder who’s the sucker — the pitcher for still playing or you for wasting your timeFive stars for trying too hard one star for trying to tell a coherent story I spent half of this book wondering if this was supposed to be a satire I still don’t know the answer