All City is more than a novel, it's a foreshadowing of a world to come.
In a near-future New York City ravaged by climate change and economic inequality, a superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Among those who remain are 24-year-old Makayla, who works in the city's most ubiquitous convenience store chain, and Jesse, an 18-year-old, genderqueer anarchist living in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx. In the aftermath of the storm, Jesse joins Makayla's group of remainders in an abandoned luxury condo building, carving out a small sanctuary in the midst of a destroyed city.
Meanwhile, mysterious, colorful murals begin to appear throughout NYC, bringing hope to the forsaken and left-behind. But the storm's castaways aren't the only ones who find beauty in the art: the media, having long abandoned the supposedly hopeless metropolis, "discovers" the emergence of the murals. When one appears on Makayla and Jesse's repurposed luxury condo, it is only a matter of time before the landlord class comes back to claim the city for themselves.
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The audio performance was so excellent...
...that it elevated the book to "ok." The book started off so well but got progressively worse. The main character goes from being a likable, well-rounded and interesting character to...well, let's just say I wasn't a fan of Makayla at about the 60 percent mark. The rich girl (can't even remember her name) was so over the top it was ridiculous (but fantastic audio narrator!), and I wasn't that interested in Jesse. Those are the 3 main narrators. I would have liked the boyfriend's POV--he was a great character.
I liked the setting and the world building, but it really fell flat on the murals. The synopsis leads you to believe this will be a major part of the story (and it's one of the reasons I bought the audiobook), but it isn't.
I'm a pretty harsh critic and I'm sure others will rate this more highly. Despite my low rating, I'll listen to the author's next book because this was something different and creative.
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