Jeremy Gilder's 2055 is a tale of love and self-discovery in a dystopian society.
The story follows Ewan Mackenzie, a disgruntled forty-three-year-old Australian. Ewan grew up in vast farming land, but the nuclear war of 2053 destroyed almost everything on earth. Survival meant living inside a Chinese-controlled facility that totally blocked the outside world.
Was it a fair compromise? Ewan thought he was paying too much for the mistakes of the past. The Chinese dictated the way of life inside the facility. Cameras scattered all over the complex provided no privacy. AI's couldn't provide human relationships. Freedom was a lost concept, but it was that or absolute death outside the facility.
Ewan managed an indoor natural-food production facility, he derived no satisfaction or joy from his labor. The green landscape surrounding the complex was made of plastic. The sun that rose in the east was fake.
He was a farmer, a man who was intimate with the earth. He understood the elements better than women. How was he supposed to cope with the new world order?
Such were Ewan's thoughts until Olivia came along. The two couldn't help falling in love with each other, but love came at a price. They were doomed in the complex, and Ewan must save himself and Olivia.
Jeremy Gilder has a powerful way with words. He slowly builds the momentum of the story, providing backstories and developing characters along the way. As a result, the characters are three-dimensional, and the dialogues are crisp and memorable.
The book is a timely read. According to Gilder, "I wrote '2055' primarily because I felt I had a lot to say on a number of issues that seemed to me likely to impact all of our futures and our planet over the next 30 or so years, many positive, some negative."
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" Eerie events. Enthralling. "
— Alejandra Doron, The BookWalker
2055 by Jeremy Gilder
Review by K Manis
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Jeremy Gilder, now 83, has been writing letters, stories, and novels for many years. He finds writing cathartic and enjoys the challenge of getting the words right. As such, he has done quite well in the world of writing Grants for innovative products, but the passions remain for story writing and windsurfing. He is said to be one of the world's oldest windsurfers, sailing in high winds on his 40-year-old board and generally keeping fit. Back in the day, he was selected as a member of Australia's 1956 Olympic Squad (Athletics).
To date, he has written two novels, three children's stories, and a health book. Currently, he is writing "Croc Shoot in the Sixties..."Jeremy's father was an American, one of the first to walk the Kokoda Trail during World War II, and mother a Scot, born in Glasgow. He is a father of 5 grown-up sons and grandfather of 2 teenage boys. He has been married to beautiful wife Robyn for over 50 years, they have traveled extensively and now live in the Byron Bay Region in NSW.
Most of what Jeremy writes comes from direct personal experience, particularly on the land and with a passion for animals. However, he is described as having a vivid imagination, original ideas, and a good understanding of people. His writing is said to appeal to both men and women—men for action, women for tender love—and children for enchanting stories about grandpas and animals."2055", although set 35 years hence, has become a local story. Today, China clearly exhibits its desire to communise the globe - acquiring or investing in critical territorial property assets and establishing supremacy over the US. It also is a tale of a probable future, when many people, including Australians, may be forced to live in nuclear-proof structures, for safety's sake."2055" goes into how this all may play out, including the ultimate human survival possibility of having to go back in time and somehow endure living on the land.
The story revolves around two main characters, a male sheep farmer and a beautiful female scientist. It speaks to the impossibility of living under Chinese rule, the powerful love of these two, and the challenges they will have to overcome to survive in a world decimated by nuclear war. As such, it is an adventure/romance story that will appeal to those who identify with action and challenges as well as those who are looking for or have found profound love.