Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Salvation City By Sigrid Nunez + Giveaway

Flu pandemic breaks out and orphans Cole Vining, a thirteen year old boy, and changes the face of America. Cole is one of the lucky orphans and is placed into a home where he may be potentially adopted by Pastor Wyatts and his wife Tracey. The Wyatts live in Salvation City, a small town in rural Indiana. It’s here where they introduce Cole to God and a new way of life. Cole easily accepts this new lifestyle even though he grew up in an atheist home. Though truthfully, he remembers very little about his former life—a complication from the flu he had.

The entire story is told by Cole’s perspective: before the flu, during the flu and after the flu. He easily adjusts to his new surroundings and forms relationships with his new family. There is a definite back and forth struggle between his old and new life. After a disappearance in Salvation City, Cole comes to the realization of the future he wants for himself.

Nunez writing is very articulate, but I found the story to be slow. There isn’t a whole lot of action, as I thought there would be. This is really a coming of age story more than a story of surviving the pandemic. I never really connected with any of the characters, so I never sympathized with them. I felt like I was ‘waiting’ for something to happen the entire time I was reading.

Overall, the book was good just not my thing.

I did my homework and found mixed reviews for Salvation City. The publisher offered me the opportunity for a giveaway, so I’m going to go ahead and post it, since just because it wasn’t my thing doesn’t mean it’s not a good book. Comment below and leave me your email address for your chance to win a copy of Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez. The giveaway will close 1/15/12 at midnight EST. This giveaway is for US only. Sorry!

or you can order your copy today!

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  1. Thanks for your review. I've heard about Nunez here and there, but haven't yet read any of her work. Thanks for holding this giveaway.


  2. I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Thank you for your honest review. :) I really like the premise, cover and title, and hopefully I'll like the story--if I win the book. :)

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

  4. Congratulations to Carly! Thank-you for participating in the giveaway! Make sure to check back often for more giveaways!