The Beach

The Beach
Author: Alex Garland
Date Read: April 3, 2012

Review:

Very fast-paced and interesting look at the development of a Utopian society on the outskirts of a third-world country. Garland did a great job of creating believable characters and dialogue. I really enjoyed how he showed that the people who found a society are much more dedicated to its continuance and ideals than those who come later merely to enjoy its benefits. Also liked the undercurrent references to the way that violence is almost pursued by younger generations because, to some degree, it has been so lacking in our everyday lives (no war draft, and we're typically not exposed to tragedy or death in the same ways that people in other countries must deal with them on a much more regular basis). There are many good themes in this book, and Garland did a great job of conveying them while writing a story that is entertaining enough to stand on its own.