Published by Dial Press Trade Paperback on September 1st 1998
Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home.
Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.
Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America.
I am so very far behind in these reviews, but thankfully, I did write them down, even if I am just now getting to review Into the Forest- our book club’s first read of 2015 (yes, it is not lost on me that it’s about to be 2016).
We read this book because the movie version stars Ellen Page, and Katherine loves Ellen Page. Especially Ellen Page’s face. If any of Ms. Page’s people are reading this review, no, you should not get a restraining order on Katherine. She’s very sweet, and Ellen would be lucky to date/be obsessed over by someone like her.
At first I was confused when Katherine mentioned this book, thinking she’d gotten it mixed up with Into the Woods and Anna Kendrick, but despite their similar titles, the two stories don’t have much in common. Except that maybe the woods are both lovely and dangerous and children should not be left alone in them.
On the whole, book club liked this book, although we all had problems with parts of the book. Like the bear thing. Or the use of the last of the gasoline thing.
Basically Into the Forest is a post-apocalyptic novel, and how two isolated sisters deal with their new reality (rather well, actually, since they have been home schooled and out in the woods). And that was my favorite part of the book, how uniquely both sisters were prepared to deal with disaster. Home schooling for the win!
At book club we can tend to meander away from the book, sometimes because we all liked it enough that there’s nothing much to discuss- our best discussions tend to be on books that really polarize us. But Katherine posed a great discussion question: What would you do with the very last can of gasoline you had in case of the apocalypse?
Some members admitted that they’d keep it, saving it for something special or an unknown future event. Another member would have used it just to double check the internet. One would have used it for the car- one last trip into town looking for provisions/survivors.
Me? I would use it to charge my ereaders, phone and chrome book. 😉 What would you use it on?
Into the Forest gets a Midnight Book Girl Rating of: