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Decelerate Blue

Decelerate Blue
Adam Rapp
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Teens?

From Goodreads:
The future waits for no one.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

From revolutionary and award-winning playwright Adam Rapp and veteran cartoonist and animator Mike Cavallaro comes a dark, breath-taking new vision of an all-too-plausible future for America.

I honestly didn’t even get far enough into Decelerate Blue to know what age group would like it best. Apparently, whenever this story takes place, everyone ends their conversations with “Go.” Like people do with walkie talkies or radios. As in, “What’s your location? Over.” Or, “I’m headed to the station. See you soon. Over and out.”

But they’re talking to each other in person! Unless I missed something.

Tell me, would you find it annoying if every time you had a conversation with someone, it went like this:

“I’m tired. Go.”

“Why are you tired? Go.”

“Because I had a bad dream last night. Go.”

Well? (Go.)


The whole story was dialogue (until I gave up.) I just couldn’t do it. I’m sure it had a major part of the storyline, and I probably missed out on a great book. But it just wasn’t for me.