1/15/15

Review by Face/Mask by Gabriel Boutros

Face/Mask
Gabriel Boutros

Face/Mask takes place in Montreal Canada, the year is 2039. People are forced to wear air filter mask, due the air not being safe to breathe. The world as we know it as changed to a time where there is really no day or night. The toxins beyond the atmosphere barely let any sunshine in through the day and reflects light from the sun at night. This is a dark time where fresh grown veggies are thing of the past and only read about in history books. How and why this happen ?? The war on terror which has never stopped.

Allen Jonus has spent 8 years of his life going to work as the dept head of Municipal Infrastructure, They monitor all of Montreal's electric grid. Him and his wife, Terry have been married 21 years and have three boys. Terry's uncle Joe recently came to live with them. Allen is one of those people who needs a reason to face the day in and day out of his ordinary dreary life. Unfortunately what he discovers is more than than he bargains for.

As Allen is out "discovering" himself, Uncle Joe is making sure the family is eating well off the "black market". Uncle Joe is getting along the boys and Allen seems jealous of it. When Allen decides to be vindictive,the entire family is affected.
This was one of the best dystopian novels I have read in a long time. The author paints a picture of what our world could be at any given moment. The characters are random ordinary people that could easily be your family member or your neighbor. Being ordinary makes it much easier to read them and understand them. The face mask they were for their protection for the poisonous air and the for many to hide the kind of lives they live. 
5 Poisonous Stars 
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