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Echo of the Boomby Maxwell Neely-cohen
Synopses & Reviews
Efram gets kicked out of every school in the known universe.
Molly is raised in total isolation by survivalists.
Steven grows up globetrotting with his ex-spy father.
Chloe rules three thousand students with an iron fist.
A frenetic journey through contemporary youth culture, Echo of the Boom follows the lives of these four characters as their narratives orbit and intertwine. They wage personal wars, grapple for power, and attempt to understand their roles in the future of society—or their destiny in hastening its destruction. The result is a mesmerizing collection of triumphs and calamities, a chronicle brimming with the language of music, social networking, and video games.
Equal parts Gossip Girl and Gravitys Rainbow, Echo of the Boom is a generation defining novel, a new kind of literature explicitly suited to the twenty-first century.
"In this debut novel, Neely-Cohen's four teenage protagonists are superlatives — coldest, strongest, most clever, and most popular in turn. In a contemporary Washington, D.C., and under the shadow of impending doom, the story unfolds in increments of time 'before the end.' Technology is now an extension of self, and so naturally teens use it to bully, hack, and spy. Chloe is a queen bee whose powers of manipulation have left her jaded and haunted by night terrors. Efram is a teenage Gatsby. Molly is a gun-toting apocalypse prepster. Steven travels the globe on shady ventures with his father, a consultant, and where Steven goes, death follows. In a world of genre-mashing garage deejays, and a text message to replace every utterance, adults are as squawking and clueless as the adults in Peanuts. But beneath the labored pop culture references, the novel conveys a simple message: yes, the world is miserable, but technology can't take all of the blame. These young adults are of the generation 'born after the fall of the wall but before the fall of the towers.' In such chaotic times, they understand full well that a trigger can't pull itself. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A dextrous novel centered around the current generation of American teenagers coming of age in a networked world highly conscious of violence and the apocalyptic, Echo of the Boom is literary fiction about the Call of Duty and The Hunger Games generation. While the narrative spans the globe and jumps in time, much of the action orbits a near-past and present Washington, D.C., as each of the four main characters wrestle with their notions of fear, power, mysticism, and the future. An unusual book, equal parts Gossip Girl and Gravitys Rainbow.
About the Author
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Maxwell Neely-Cohen has been a skateboarder, DJ, military theorist, college tennis player, young adult novel editor, and independent video game producer. He lives in New York City.
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