A review by aravenclawlibraryx
Orange City, by Lee M. Goldberg

dark hopeful inspiring mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


Wowowow! I loved this book. This is very reminiscent of 1984 and The Man in the High Castle. I’ll even say that this is what The Man in the High Castle should have been. I read the first sentence and I knew I was going to love this book. In fact, I barely even took notes because I was so involved in the book and I didn’t want to stop reading. I only stopped reading long enough to put down trigger warnings and then I was right back to reading. Truly this is a masterpiece of old school dystopian and I say that with the highest amount of praise. Too often, it seems like the dystopian genre is the same with the chosen one destined to help free their city from whatever has trapped them. And sure this had that, but it was done well and with a fresh new look. This book was different.

What got me interested right away was the way the world was built. It was very organic. Sure things were explained but it was done in such a way where it didn’t feel like it was just a massive amount of text. I was fascinated with the way the City was built and I wish I could have gotten a little more of the history of how it came to be. I liked that it was basically a city of people that society has thrown away. We did get a bit of an exposition at the end but I wanted it to happen more organically like it did in the beginning. 

At first, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Graham. There was something about him that I just couldn’t click with right away. But after a while, I grew to like him. He had a lot of trauma in his life and it defined his character. My heart broke for him and what he went through. I wanted him to grow and I wanted him to see the potential that I saw in him after a while. Luckily, he did and I enjoyed his character quite a bit. It’ll be interesting to see how he grows in the sequel with his chosen hero persona he has taken on. 

Overall, I loved this book, in case you haven’t gathered that by now! If you guys liked 1984 or the book The Man in the High Castle (I can’t say for sure if you would like based on the TV show because I never saw the TV show. I didn’t have the channel it was on and I didn’t care for the book that much so I had no interest in watching it), I think you all would like this book. It definitely is for adults, in my opinion. I did say in the book information that a mature 16+ could read it but I would be careful. There is a lot of child abuse mentioned and it could hard for someone to read about it. That being said, I would still check this book out. I can’t wait to read the sequel and see how Graham grows in that book. 

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