FICTION

We Can Save Us All

Unnamed. Nov. 2018. 395p. ISBN 9781944700768. pap. $18.99. F
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OrangeReviewStarDEBUT In this first novel, the drug-fueled, phantasmagoric environment of the college elite intersects with the cogent realities of environmental degradation. The book is built around student leader Mathias Blue's hypothesis of an impending time collapse and told from the perspective of David Fuffman, a Princeton student under Mathias's spell. After a drunken Halloween night that ends terribly for David's friend Haley, David faces a moral quandary. One of his solutions is to create the Un-named Supersquadron of Vigilantes (USV), which has a group of Mathias Blue's male housemates, including David, dressing up as invented superheroes. David and Matthias lead the USV in a well-publicized rescue of trapped residents of Pennington, NJ, snowed in by a blizzard. As the USV gains in popularity, it grows to include women, including Haley, but its antics become riskier, and Mathias Blue morphs from merry prankster to cult leader.
VERDICT In the end, it's the parents who step in the clean up the mess. This is an unlikely but timely contribution to the ongoing #metoo dialog as well as humorous riposte to concerns about society and the environment. Highly recommended.

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