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Anarchy
By James Treadwell
Atria Books, $16.00, 423pp
Published: August 2014

Anarchy tells the tales of three very different women searching for someone.  Their lives and their journeys intersect in this mysterious, dark fantasy. 

Marie-Archange Séverine Gaucelin-Maculloh (called Goose by her friends) is the “girl mountie” in a small backwoods Canadian town.   Unfortunately for Goose, she loses her prisoner (a young girl accused of murder who will not speak a word) who disappears mysteriously from her cell.   She must find this mysterious girl.

Marina is a young girl in the English countryside, who has lost her father.  Gawain has taken care of her, but has to leave her on her own in the family’s mansion.  She travels through strange places and meets even stranger people in an England that is torn by social and political upheaval.    She must find Gawain.

Iseult (Izzy) is in a very unhappy relationship and leaves her husband in London to search for her son, Gavin.  He has disappeared and asked Izzy not to look for him.  She must find her son. 

At the same time something weird is happening in different places around the world.   This is when I found out that this book is a sequel.  I had no idea what the problem was that initially caused the collapse of society in England, problems which are far-reaching, causing markets to crash, money to become worthless, riots, bands of thieves and religious fanatics to take over where everything has changed.  The thread of the story is woven through the times resulting from this collapse; and through it all, I couldn’t help but wonder what had brought the protagonists to their roles in this story.    Had I read this book in its order in the series, I may have understood it better. 

The plot is slow going and it took me quite a long time to get through this book and even longer to finally write this less-than-satisfying review.   The author writes a good story and wove the plots together to a very interesting (if slightly confusing) conclusion, but I don’t think I’ll be reading the other books of this series.  ~~ Marie Davis

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