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Publisher's Summary

At first, Into the Forest was a word-of-mouth favorite of booksellers. Soon larger publishing houses were noticing Jean Hegland's debut novel and giving it rave reviews. Powerful and disturbing, Into the Forest offers images of an all-too-believable future. As America collapses in the chaos of war, pollution, and bankruptcy, two sisters pool their resources to survive alone in the hills above San Francisco. Although dwindling food and increasing isolation threaten them, they soon find a more immediate danger standing at their door. When a young man arrives, his friendship offers tantalizing fulfillment, but his love threatens to divide the sisters.

Hegland's provocative work is reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984 and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It infuses a tale of survival with startling insights into a young woman's quest for strength.

©1996 Jean Hegland (P)1998 Recorded Books

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A future of the past. 5 star production!

Jean Hegland weaves and unravels and stitches together a tale of love, resourcefulness and courage so compellingly plausible that I feel the need to study the healing power of herbs to prepare for her imagined future.

Equally gripping is Alyssa Bresnahan's narration. Her pacing is spot on, her voices distinct and yet subtle. She is ever present for every thought, word, sentence.

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A realistic post apocalypse book

This tale was believable. The characters were likable and real. There were times when I couldn't put this one down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Depressing

Boring and depressing. Wouldn't recommend. I feel like I need to read a comedy now.

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Depressing, boring, & disturbing

I read this book because I enjoy apocalyptic books of survival and relational intrigue. It was on topic, but so disappointing in its content. The characters were unlikeable and, as a man, a nihilistic thrust of feminism was off-putting. I was hoping for some redemption in the end, but was again let down.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Different dystopia

Don't expect monsters and massive death. This version is actually more real, more to heart.

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Feels just like The Road by McCarthy

This story was so terrible and wonderful and sad and happy. My heart broke. So well written, and i empathized with each of the characters individually, fully. Didn’t want it to end

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great story

I read this when I was 15, and have had memories of it ever since, which says a lot, because I read a lot of books. I am glad I was able to find it, to "read," it again. the reader does an excellent job.

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Loved it

I loved every part of this book. The story is very captivating. I loved how the author was obviously so knowledgeable on natural living. Might be one of my favorite books!

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Some things were a bit weird...

95% of the book was a great read and great storytelling, but then it's like the author will throw in the oddest descriptions or tangents that feel really strange and throw off the story drastically. Fortunately these weird one offs are few and quick. I don't want to give details because that would give away spoilers.